Reduced Noise CPAP Interface
InnoMed Technologies, Boca Raton, Fla, introduces the second generation of its CPAP interface, the Nasal-Aire® II. The new unit is available in six sizes and features improved patient comfort and a reduction in sound level. Its sleek design allows users the freedom to speak, eat, drink, and wear eyeglasses without removing the device. The under-nose reservoir is positioned across the patient’s upper lip with the nasal inserts positioned in the patient’s nares. The tubing drapes easily over the patient’s ears in the manner of standard nasal cannula, thus making the need for straps and headgear optional. The company also offers two new quiet CPAP flow generators, a basic model and a full-featured system that includes compliance-reporting capability. (800) 200-9842; www.innomedinc.com.
Micro Direct Inc, Auburn, Me, introduces the updated MicroLoop handheld spirometer. Its new features include the “milkshake kid” child incentive, an alphan-umeric keypad, on-screen quality assurance prompts, choice of predicted values, choice of 36 spirometry parameters, a 1,000-patient storage capacity, and a high-visibility paper white screen that can display both volume/time curves and complete flow/volume loops. MicroLoop comes with Windows-based PC software or can be connected directly to a printer for an 8-1/2-inch x 11-inch printout. Molded from high-impact ABS plastic, MicroLoop is battery-operated and comes with a carrying case and all necessary disposables. (800) 588-3381; www.micro-direct.com.
Improved Nasal Mask Comfort
ResMed, Poway, Calif, introduces the Mirage Activa™ nasal mask with ActiveCell™ Technology, an auto-stabilizing cushion feature that combines the comfort and seal of Mirage® cushions with an “active cell,” an inflatable chamber that expands and contracts during therapy, allowing the mask frame to move independently of the mask cushion. The technology helps reduce headgear strap tension and minimizes leaks, providing more comfort for patients and more choices of head and body sleep positions. It also compensates for changes in strap tension, eliminating the need for continual adjustment of headgear straps. Since the ActiveCell relies less on headgear strap tension to achieve an effective seal, the mask also reduces fitting time. (800) 424-0737; www.resmed.com.
Masimo Corp, Irvine, Calif, introduces the 2004 Radical™, which incorporates features of the original Radical and debuts Masimo SET® V4.1 high-sensitivity, high-specificity, and high-fidelity pulse oximetry technology. The 2004 Radical features Advanced Probe Off Detection™ (APOD) technology, designed to minimize the risk of false measurement when the probe becomes detached from the patient and to immediately alarm the clinician. The Radical’s ClearVue™ LCD technology offers a high-resolution blue or green display. The unit’s A6™ alarm system delivers up to 85 decibels of sound and satisfies JCAHO’s National Patient Safety Goal #6 without the purchase of additional equipment. The 2004 Radical is equipped standard with a detachable battery that provides up to 8 hours of use, as well as an optional extended battery giving up to 36 hours of battery life. (949) 250-9688; www.masimo.com.
Noninvasive Patient Monitor
Philips Medical Systems, Andover, Mass, introduces its C3 patient monitor—an easy-to-use, portable bedside monitor with viewing features for use in a wide range of clinical settings, both in and out of the hospital. Philips, the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s Market Engineering Technology Leadership Award and IMV’s top rankings in 2002 for “overall service performance” in patient monitoring, developed the C3 with a complete set of noninvasive parameters and a 10.4-inch color display. The C3 is also available with Microstream® CO2 technology, which enables conscious sedation monitoring of adults and children. (978) 687-1501; www.medical.philips.com.
Madison, Wis-based Datex-Ohmeda, a division of Instrumentarium, introduces the OxyTip®+ ear sensor, recommended as an alternative for use on patients with low perfusion and poor peripheral circulation. The reusable OxyTip+ ear sensor offers a cost-effective, easy-to-apply choice for use on patients exhibiting low perfusion and compromised peripheral circulation. OxyTip+ is designed to deliver enhanced durability through the use of impact-resistant materials and added reinforcement at cable connection points. It is small and lightweight enough to remain comfortably on the patient’s ear and is ideal for adult and pediatric patients over 10 kg. All Datex-Ohmeda sensors and cables are latex-free, and the new OxyTip+ product line is made without the environmental pollutants PVC, mercury, or cadmium. (608) 221-1551; www.us.datex-ohmeda.com.