Philips Respironics introduces the Wisp Pediatric Nasal Mask, which supports non-invasive ventilation (NIV) and is the most recent addition to the Wisp family of masks. Designed specifically for children, the Wisp Pediatric Nasal Mask features a child-friendly giraffe fabric pattern, a modified cushion curvature, and support tools to help provide a positive experience for young patients and their families. With the introduction of the pediatric mask, Philips’ Wisp family of masks now serves infant to adult patients, providing continuity and consistency in the therapy experience.
NIV therapy is used to treat breathing difficulties, often caused by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or neuromuscular disorders such as muscular dystrophy. “There have traditionally been few mask options for pediatric patients using NIV, making it difficult in some cases for young children to adopt therapy,” says Teofilo Lee-Chiong, MD, chief medical liaison of Philips, in a release. “Philips designed this new mask with the child in mind—pairing the functionality and comfort of adult masks with child-friendly materials. With its giraffe print fabric and an animated character that helps to engage children, therapy might be less intimidating for the tiniest patients.”
Designed Specifically for Kids
The Wisp Pediatric Nasal Mask has a variety of unique features to help patients and their parents adjust to therapy. Key features and resources include:
- Kid-friendly theme: A child-friendly giraffe print and soft, fabric materials.
- Caregiver resources: Caregivers have access to demonstration videos to help them use the mask, while children can enjoy a fantasy world featuring Philips’ cartoon character Jacky Giraffe. Jacky, who interacts with his friends Sami the Seal and Tucker the Turtle, provides a playful theme that is designed to help a child ease into therapy.
- Leak correction dial: The dial on the mask enables caregivers to fix small leaks without disturbing a child’s sleep.
- Infant-centric design: Children tend to have low or no nose bridges as opposed to adults. With this in mind, this mask has three cushion sizes designed to fit infants weighing 22 pounds to age 7, with a shape created specifically to fit the curvature of an infant’s face and nose.
The pediatric mask may help to smooth transition across care settings—from the hospital to the home and as the child ages, providing continuity of care with the full line of masks. The Wisp mask line includes the Wisp Minimal Contact Nasal Mask, which was introduced in 2012 by Philips, as well as the Wisp Youth Mask that Philips introduced in 2014 to begin serving older children and teenagers.
The Wisp Pediatric Nasal Mask will be available in the United States and Europe in the second half of 2016, with launches in additional markets to follow.