The NeoPAP System from Respironics, Murrysville, Pa, is a critical care CPAP delivery and treatment system for neonates with a range of respiratory difficulties. It is designed so the pressure generation technology is moved away from the face, helping to maximize comfort and reduce septal damage. The integrated system includes Baby-Trak automatic pressure control and leak compensation technology; smaller, more flexible nasal prongs; advanced heated humidification technology; and quiet operation. (800) 345-6443; www.respironics.com.
Apnea Monitoring Devices
CAS Medical Systems Inc, Branford, Conn, offers a family of products for apnea monitoring needs. For home use, the portable Ami Plus monitor provides a built-in modem. In the hospital, the 511 monitor offers durable heart and respiration monitoring, along with the option of the latest in oximetry technology, all in one unit. CAS Express software allows users to quickly access, review, and analyze data from either the Ami Plus or the 511. CAS also offers a line of disposable supplies for the neonatal intensive care area. (800) 227-4414; www.casmed.com.
Wireless PSG System
The Grass-Telefactor Product Group of Astro-Med Inc, West Warwick, RI, has obtained US Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) clearance to market its latest sleep diagnostic system. Called AURA®PSG, the new wireless amplifier system offers maximum patient comfort without sacrificing the ruggedness required for sleep studies. Using built-in Bluetooth technology, the 25-channel system has the capability of transmitting polysomnographic (PSG) data to a computer without the patient being tethered (wired) to that computer. The typical application of the AURA PSG is to assist in the diagnosis of patients suspected of having sleep disorders. (877) 472-7779; www.grass-telefactor.com.
Melatonin-preserving Lighting Products
Photonic Developments LLC, Cleveland, Ohio, markets lighting products designed to not reduce secretion of the sleep hormone, melatonin. Ordinary lighting may cause sleep problems, Photonic Developments LLC says. It recommends use of its new light bulbs or glasses in the hours before bedtime. Filters for TV and computer screens are also available. (216) 397-1657; www.sleeplamps.com.
Home Oximetry Testing
Sleep Solutions Inc (SSI), Annapolis, Md, offers an easy solution for qualifying oxygen patients nationwide by delivering a simple but clinically accurate overnight pulse oximetry device to the patients home and instructing the patient on its use. The device is returned directly to SSIs Medicare-approved independent diagnostic testing facility (IDTF). The company also says that you can use your existing inventory of pulse oximeters. Deliver your device to your patient and notify Sleep Solutions for patient orientation and support (a service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Then pick up your device from the patient the next morning and upload the patient data to the Sleep Solutions server for analysis and report generation. Sleep Solutions promises to immediately print out the test results to send to the physician. (877) 753-3775; www.sleepsolutions.com.
The ALIZES Nasal Mask from Hans Rudolph Inc, Kansas City, Mo, has a new Vfoam 3-Strap Headgear that is soft and simple to mount, and improves the seal and comfort of this small, lightweight, nonclaustrophobic, dishwasher-safe mask. It is also easily available to sleep laboratories and patients because the products new low durable medical equipment price has opened the eyes of home care dealers to its profit potential, Hans Rudolph says. With the great margins now there for dealers and the comfort and great fit now there for patients, it should be the first choice of sleep medicine professionals, according to the company, which also adds that because the Vfoam headgear has changed the feel and seal on the ALIZES Nasal Mask, patients are now asking sleep laboratories and home health care dealers for it. (800) 456-6695; www.rudolphkc.com.