People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who are prescribed positive airway pressure (PAP) machines often stop using them because the masks that are strapped to the face can be quite uncomfortable. Moreover, if the right size is not picked and the mask fit on the individual patient just right, the therapy may be less than fully effective.
Philips Respironics has been thinking about these problems and has designed a nasal PAP mask that should fit most adults and that keeps most of the face exposed. Unlike many other masks the Wisp doesn’t have a forehead pad, only using the two reversible soft straps on the side to keep it in place. It’s easily adjustable by the patient and features quick release clips to quickly slip it on and off.
From the announcement:
A departure from traditional masks, Wisp combines the performance and comfort of a nasal mask with the aesthetic of a pillows mask to deliver best in class performance in four areas: comfort, ease of use, visual appeal, and the ability to fit a wide range of patients. Compact and lightweight, Wisp offers a minimal contact experience, a superior seal and an open field of vision.
- Minimal headgear – no forehead pad – and minimal parts
- Quick release tabs and headgear clips make it quick and easy to adjust
- Contemporary frame options: reversible fabric – soft suedette and silky sateen – or clear silicone
- Patented auto seal groove and unique tip of the nose cushion technology
- Three interchangeable cushion sizes fit on the same frame, in same package
Product page: Wisp…
Press release: Philips first of its kind minimal contact mask helps to improve the quality of life for sleep apnea patients