At SLEEP 2022, more than 300 attendees tried out the new V̇-Com by SleepRes, a comfort accessory for positive airway pressure (PAP) devices that softens peak inspiratory flow with with minimal to no reduction in expiratory pressure. Of the 320 people who put on a CPAP mask and experienced the inspiratory softening provided by V̇-Com themselves, 52 (16%) completed a followup survey about their experience with V-Com.

SleepRes has shared the following results from this V-Com survey.

  • 96% believe it would “just be simpler to include a V̇-Com with each new PAP setup”
  • 96% believe V-Com will help patients struggling with CPAP
  • 92% believe V̇-Com will improve CPAP adherence with new patients
  • 84% believe V̇-Com will decrease phone calls to their offices as well as to the medical equipment companies’ offices

V̇-Com is not a therapy itself but an accessory to CPAP/positive airway pressure therapy which provides comfort to new and struggling patients on PAP.

“It was fun to watch all their faces when we put a V̇-Com in the [PAP] circuit,” says Meghan Adams, NP, who helped in the SleepRes booth, in a release. “First their eyes got big; then they smiled, then they nodded and said, ‘I feel it.’ We have found the same with our patients. It gives them tremendous confidence when starting CPAP. We are providing V̇-Com to everyone.”

“The survey results were not surprising,” says Craig Salazar, president of SleepRes, in a release. “With so many sleep providers wanting V̇-Com for all their patients, there is a huge opportunity for medical equipment companies and manufacturers to not only increase adherence and resupply but increase market share. V̇-Com is an inexpensive way to do both.”

“It was very heart-warming to see my peers and friends at APSS excited about the V̇-Com,” says William Noah, MD, the inventor of V̇-Com, in a release. “Experiencing V̇-Com for yourself better demonstrates the value than my boring explanation of the physics.”

Seventy-six percent of V-Com survey respondents were sleep medicine physicians, 12% were mid-levels, and 12% were polysomnography technicians.