Necessity is the mother of invention, and David Krausman, Ph.D. was concerned with the burdensome testing requirements for obstructive sleep apnea which resulted in countless missed diagnoses. So he invented a cheap, portable screening device that patients can use in the comfort of their own home.
The DeSat Counter is an innovative medical instrument used to test patients for sleep apnea, the occurrence of frequent interruptions in breathing during sleep. This miniature, portable monitor requires no set-up
and is simple to operate. It can be used in sleep labs or by untrained patients in their own homes.
Using a simple disposable sensor attached to the index finger, the DeSat Counter measures the amount of oxygen present in the blood. A drop in blood oxygen is a reliable indicator that a significant apnea event has occurred. The Counter itself straps comfortably onto the wrist and displays a tally of apnea events and heart rate. In the morning, the recorded apneas may be viewed on the Counter’s large LCD screen or downloaded to an Excel spreadsheet for analysis. Because it’s portable and user-friendly, it requires no special training and can be used in the home by the patient.
Sleep apnea is a serious health condition from which an estimated 30 million Americans suffer. Sleep apnea has been associated with many forms of heart disease, hypertension, stroke and death if the condition goes untreated. The DeSat Counter could have a major impact on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea by providing a simple, comfortable, accurate and affordable test.