Product Line Additions
Creative Biomedics Inc, San Clemente, Calif, introduces several new products. The new Pneumotach designs incorporate innovative shapes, making them user-friendly and comfortable for adults and pediatrics. They are fully compatible, plug-and-play, with WinDX, SX, DX, Portable Plus, and the new DX/CC Spirometer. The DX/CC houses a self-contained computer in a portable design that offers unlimited memory, full graphics, and a color printer. The DX/CC includes full range testing capabilities, incentives such as Blow Out the Candles, and networking capabilities, and uses the Clear Advantage Filter or the newly released Clean Advantage filter products. The Clean Advantage medical grade white plastic offers low cost without compromising bacterial removal efficiency. It fits virtually all spirometers. (949) 366-2300; www.creativebiomedics.com.
The Hi-Ox80 from VIASYS Healthcare, Respiratory Technologies, Yorba Linda, Calif, is an oxygen delivery system with a disposable mask capable of delivering more than 80% oxygen at 8 lpm. This technology was designed to meet the infection and nausea reduction needs of postoperative patients. Delivering high Fio2s at one-half to one-third the flow of other devices has implications and field applications where oxygen resources are limited by tanks or flow. (800) 231-2466; www.viasyshealthcare.com.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Device
Respironics Inc, Murrysville, Pa, introduces C-Flex, a positive pressure treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. C-Flex allows patients to take the work out of exhalation, thereby providing a more comfortable treatment. The device tracks the patients breathing to lower the amount of pressure delivered during exhalation. With three settings, patients are able to select the level of pressure relief that is right for them without altering the benefits of prescribed therapy. C-Flex will be offered in the REMstar® Pro CPAP System. (800) 345-6443; www.respironics.com.
Focus Publications presents the third annual FOCUS on Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine Conference for respiratory therapists, nurses, sleep technologists, and physicians on April 10-12, 2003, at the Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tenn. The registration fee is $225 ($200 for students) and includes 42 lectures in adult respiratory care, pediatric/neonatal respiratory care, sleep medicine, management, education, home care and holistic medicine, plus four bonus workshops. Also included are two meals, a night at the Grand Ole Opry, a festive exhibit hall, and a 3-hour opening party with free food and refreshments. The keynote speaker is Naomi Judd. The exhibit hall will feature 160 exhibitors with door prizes, caricature artists, live music, and free happy hours. Sixteen continuing education credits are available for each discipline. (800) 661-5690; www.foocus.com.
Hans Rudolph Inc, Kansas City, Mo, introduces the New 7600 Series VMask, a full face (oro-nasal) mask for use with CPAP/NPPV-type blowers and ventilators; it is available in five sizes. The face piece and sealing flange are integrally molded of soft, clear, silicone rubber in a new anatomically contoured design with ribbed support for a leak-free and comfortable fit. The mask has an antiasphyxia valve and CO2 flush holes in it for safety. A new Quick-Release Headgear was designed for patient comfort and safety and is available in two sizes. The VMask is a high-quality, easy-to-use mask and headgear for OSA patients. It provides a low cost, durable, and reusable solution for CPAP therapy. (800) 456-6695; www.rudolphkc.com.
Carbon Monoxide Monitors
Bedfont Scientific USA, Medford, NJ, offers several low-cost, noninvasive carbon monoxide monitors. The piCO is low-cost and lightweight. The EC50 Micro III features digital display and easy calibration. The Mini 2 CO Monitors offer a desktop system, and the EC50-Toxco is for CO poisoning screening, and is a good choice for emergency and clinical situations. The Bedfont family of monitors works in smoking cessation programs, hospitals, emergency departments, and research. The monitors are accurate, durable, and easy to use. (609) 654-5561; www.bedfontusa.com.