I spend a lot of time on the sleep tech Facebook pages trying to stay “in the loop” with what sleep techs are facing these days (besides a decline in studies due to home sleep testing). What I have noticed is there seems to be ongoing posts where sleep techs become aggravated with patients that come in for a CPAP titration and request to start off with a full face mask. This has always been a head scratcher for me as to why they get upset at this request since the majority of people that come back for a CPAP titration are less than thrilled about the idea of wearing/using CPAP or BiPAP to begin with. So why not start them off with something they would like to use? Remember, even the best sleep tech can only lead a horse to CPAP, not make him drink…err, something like that; you get the point. Compliance is goal, let’s not forget this.
Listen, I am a sleep technician, I am pro-sleep tech and I have been in all these situations with patients and I too had that “Go-To Mask” that I preferred to use on patients because I knew it had a great seal, was comfortable to wear and would make my titration solid. Cue in the patient that disagreed with my choice of selection or said this mask is suffocating them; now at this point the best course of action I found was putting the patient in the driver seat to at least get the car started and out of the garage so to speak. We all know that at some point in the night the odds are pretty good we may be swapping out the mask anyways for something more therapeutically beneficial. You are probably wondering what this has to do with the title of this blog but I will get to that soon enough. Bottom line is that when a patient wants to become actively involved and help you with their therapy consider their opinion because once they leave the sleep lab the ongoing therapy will be in their hands regardless.
Introducing what may be the best full face CPAP mask since the original Mirage Quattro, the Quattro Air is getting rave reviews by sleep techs, sleep doctors, and most importantly CPAP users. Weighing in at 3.3 ounces and much more comfortable to wear than the Quattro FX. Gone are the headgear clips that were used on the Mirage Quattro and Quattro FX. This mask also offers the butterfly forehead support to stabilize the mask, a component that missing from the Quattro FX which tended to slide up during the course of the night. Our sleep lab feedback has been great seal, quiet, little leak, and little CPAP mask facial irritation. We encourage you to try this on your patients, especially those coming back in for re-evaluations that may be using another brand or previous Quattro version.
The Quattro Air for Her Full Face CPAP Mask is set to be released on July 15th.