Say Hello to My Little Friend
Has the CPAP therapy market turned gangster? The trend seems to be “family” of masks and these “families” seem intent on knocking each other off? You have the Mirage family, the FX family, the Comfort Series family, the Blue family and now an Air family. Throughout the years the mean streets of sleep labs all across the country seemed to be controlled by the Comfort and Mirage family but like most good mafia movies, these families are getting bumped off.
Introducing AirFit™ Family
ResMed has recently launched the rest of the AirFit™ family of masks that include the AirFit F10 Full Face mask (for Him and For Her models) as well as the AirFit™ N10 models of nasal style to join the P10 nasal pillow CPAP mask. These new interfaces complete the family and aim to challenge the market for the ultimate prize; a series of masks that improve compliance through comfort and design. From SoftEdge™ headgear to Spring Air™ cushions you are sure to bet these new features are going to influence CPAP compliance.
In order to positively affect therapy adherence it takes a lot of user feedback and cooperating research with sleep testing facilities to identify key points from initial and long term use to design masks that meet as many positive factors to assist continued use of PAP therapy. So what are these key factors that manufacturers look for?
With a lightweight design that feels like the CPAP mask is barely there and allows a line of sight to read or watch television while you fall asleep on therapy. Just turning off the lights and turning on your CPAP machine doesn’t always work for everyone; most new users find it hard to achieve sleep onset because they are lying there thinking about the device they are sleeping on. When you can read or watch a little television while wearing the mask and the pressure is on a ramp setting, initiation of sleep when you turn the lights out is easier. Doing that with a mask that has a forehead stability bar makes it difficult to read or watch television. The AirFit F10 and AirFit F10 for Her through SoftEdge™ headgear (63164) offer a mask design that does not need forehead support.
Spring Air™ CPAP mask cushion (part no. 62737, 62738, and 62739) offers a dual wall seal that reduce unintentional mask leak. Mask leak is one of the most frustrating and annoying side effects of a poorly designed or improperly fitted mask. The dual walls of the AirFit F10 cushion offer that added layer to provide a superior seal every time. Say goodbye to that annoying noise caused by excessive mask leak and exhaled air; the exhalation port redirects and diffuses exhaled air.
Ease of use is a big factor and nothing is more annoying than a CPAP mask that a user cannot figure out how to assemble and disassemble for cleaning purposes. CPAP mask should be wiped off or cleaned daily to avoid build up that will result in discomfort and leak. Most users are not aware that components of the mask can be replaced without the need of replacing the entire mask. A 4 piece mask system allows easily assembly, use and replacement of consumable mask parts. Over time the cushion and headgear will become less effective and will need replaced and it is important that the user can easily replace these parts themselves.
The Other “Families”
So no matter which family you are loyal to there will always be new families trying to snuff out the competition and gain market “turf”. Don’t be a wise guy by keeping your head buried in the sand. It just may be better to sleep with the AirFit family than to sleep with the fishes. Alright, enough bad mafia jokes; try the new F10 full face CPAP mask by ResMed and we are confident you will be satisfied. 1800CPAP.com is currently accepting pre-orders on these masks and will be shipping out new arrivals soon!