Philips Healthcare Showcases its Latest Innovations in Sleep Therapy in Dubai

Philips Enhanced System One

At the 8th Otolaryngology Exhibition and Conference, Philips is demonstrating, for the second year in a row, its most recent innovative range of Sleep Diagnostics and Therapy Solutions. The event will take place in Dubai from the 8th – 10th of May.

Otolaryngology is a branch of medicine that deals with diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to the ear, larynx, and upper respiratory tract. Philips’ participation comes in line with its goal to increase awareness around sleep disorders caused by breathing difficulties.

“There are a number of potential causes for a disturbed night’s sleep. These include sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which affects approximately 4 percent of the adult population”, says Diederik Zeven, General Manager of Philips Healthcare Middle East. “It’s a disorder characterized by airway collapse behind the tongue during sleep, which obstructs breathing. If untreated, it can contribute to the development of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes”, he adds.

As a global leader in the management of sleep disorders, Philips Healthcare has developed a wide range of products and solutions, from diagnostic tools through patient-centered sleep therapy devices, to help enhance the quality of sleep and thereby improve the health and well-being of people around the world.

Philips will be hosting a workshop, during the event, on Sleep Therapy Solutions, taking place on the 10th of May, demonstrating sleep apnea therapy devices and masks to the clinicians and offering them a practical hands-on training.

The Philips Healthcare solutions on display at the 8th Otolaryngology Exhibition and Conference are:

  • Alice 5™ Polysomnography System: a sleep laboratory system that is suitable for hospital or institutional applications. This system represents the state-of-art technology in sleep diagnostics and combines a total of 55 channels to diagnose sleep disorders in the lab setting.
  •  Alice PDx™ Portable Sleep Diagnostic System: a portable sleep recording device for Obstructive Sleep Apnea screening, follow up and diagnostic assessment of Cardio-Pulmonary Sleep Disorders. The Alice PDx™ enables clinicians to test their patients outside the lab, at home or clinic, without compromising the study’s results.
  •  RU Sleeping™: a basic screening device that provides real-time apnea score
  •  System One Sleep Therapy Platform of CPAP & BiPAP: is the latest generation from Philips Respironics Sleep Therapy Devices for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The new CPAP and BiPAP devices comes with intelligent technology that simplifies patient management by monitoring patients and recognizing when therapy needs are changing, while offering sophisticated comfort enhancements.
  •  Comfort Gel Nasal & Face Masks: Philips Respironics provides a wide range of patient masks for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Besides it’s unique and comfortable Gel Nasal and Face Masks, it offers minimal contact masks that aims to provide more patient comfort during therapy.

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  1. Suzan’s avatar

    I just want to add to the already great anwsres. I, too, set up CPAP machines on patients for sleep apnea. As stated before, having a mask that fits properly and fits your needs is essential to the therapy. If you get set up with a mask that just doesn’t seem right, call your DME company back and ask for a different one. Most companies that make the masks have a 30 day mask fit guarantee so if you don’t like the mask within the first 30 days, they can be returned. How that works for the patient. . .return it to your DME company, they can give you something different (for free) and return the mask that didn’t work for you to the manufacturer for a credit. That way you are only paying for one mask and the DME company is getting reimbursed for one mask. Also, check into a phenomenon called REM rebound . Sometimes patients actually feel worse for a brief period of time when starting CPAP therapy. Basically the reasoning for this is that your body is adjusting to the feeling of REM. Hang in there.. and give it time. The people that are able to get over the hump , swear by it and can’t live without it. (my father included!)


  2. Walid’s avatar

    CPAPs are one HCPCS code which includes APAPs. BUT bi-levels have drnfeieft HCPCS codes for the various types of advanced therapy they provide. So there are more than two types of PAP devices.I mentioned the no mask typo earlier. There is a brand name NoMask mask but it doesn’t fit into your reference descriptions.Full face masks come w/adjustable headgear just as all the PAP masks that I know of do.Nasal cushion masks do NOT cover the mouth. Nasal pillows do NOT cover the mouth. The oro-nasal masks such as the Resmed Liberty do. To the best of my knowledge there are 4 styles of mask, each style having its own HCPCS code: full face, nasal cushion, nasal pillows and oro-nasal. I’m not sure yet whether there will be a separte HCPCS code for the new Respironics FitLife mask yet or not.There is at least one, and I think two, relatively new PAPs, one each from Resmed and Respironics, that were developed specifically for Cheyne-Stokes and central apneas. The Resmed Adapt SV comes to mind.PAP pressure is NOT at all dependent on the severity of one’s sleep apnea. Many w/severe OSA need relatively low PAP pressure whereas many w/mild OSA need quite high PAP pressure.CPAPs deliver pressure during both inhalation AND exhalation. At least Resmed and Respironics CPAPs have a form of expiration pressure relief (Resmed’s proprietary name is EPR, and Respironics’ propriety name is C-Flex or A-Flex). They just don’t provide a specific IPAP and EPAP pressure nor are they able to provide as much relief of expiration pressure as the bi-levels. Timed bi-level pressure is not the same type of bi-level as the straight or auto bi-level BPAPs (Respironics proprietary name) or VPAPs (Resmed’s proprietary name). The timed breathing bi-levels are an entirely drnfeieft HCPCS code.THE most important feature of ANY form of PAP device is that it be FULLY DATA CAPABLE. The entry level, basic compliance data only PAP devices have little value to patient or doctor as the patient encounters problems acclimating to PAP therapy. Compliance data is useful ONLY to the DME providers so that they can provide proof of compliant usage to insurances when and if requested.It is the face mask fit leaks that reduce PAP therapy effectiveness rather than the PAP itself. Once the needed PAP device and pressure setting(s) are determined the MASK becomes the most important KEY to PAP therapy success. The ability of CPAPs to compensate for leaks is limited.Most PAPs are warrantied by the manufacture for 2 years, there are some warranteed for 3 years. Most all insurances consider 5 years to be the life of a PAP. A service warranty is a waste of money.Top of the line CPAPs and APAPs can be purchased from reputable online DME suppliers for considerably less than a $1000.And it really should be pointed out to the patient that they shouldn’t expect a miracle overnight. Most PAP patients require an acclimation period before they achieve successful, comfortable, relatively leak-free PAP therapy.



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