CMP System Offers Wireless Remote Control
Respironics Ine introduced the REMstar Choice Nasal CPAP System, the first and only home continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) system to offer wireless remote control. The remote control provides push-button operation and enables patients to choose the most convenient location for their unit, up to 12 feet away from the bed.
Another distinctive feature is individualized ramp function. When activated, the unit begins delivering air at a pressure of 2,5 to 3.0 cm H2Q Over a prescribed, preset period, the air pressure gradually increases until full prescription pressure is reached. This is designed to enhance the patient's comfort while falling asleep The unit delivers full prescription pressure when turned on so patients can check mask fit and proper functioning of the unit.
To ensure that patients receive the most beneficial obstructive sleep apnea therapy, physicians prescribe a maximum ramp time, depending on the patient's needs. Maximum ramp time, up to 45 minutes, is set by the home care dealer at the same time the prescription pressure is set. The controls are easily accessible to the dealer, yet hidden from the patient. Patents can adjust the ramp time from a minimum of O minutes to the maximum time prescribed.
Patients have many choices to individualize therapy, including humidification, AC /DC or international power sources, and circuit accessories.
A new patient video, entitled "The REMstar Choice Advantage," is included with each REMstar Choice unit. The 15-minute program will help home care dealers educate patients on the features of the unit and proper set-up, use, and maintenance.
For more information, contact Janice Cattano, Senior Product Manager, Respironics, Ine, 1001 Murry Ridge Drive,
Murrysville, PA 15668-8550; 800-638-8208; 412-733-0200.
Unit Tests Glucose Quicker
A registered nurse has developed a helpful item to test glucose and ketone levels in diabetics. The Sweet P provides a more convenient and quicker way to perform such tests. Allowing the levels to be determined without the patient urinating into a container, the unit is especially beneficial when the patient will not cooperate with testing.
The easy-to-use Sweet P reduces the need to draw blood from the patient's finger to obtain results.
Particularly useful when testing infants or elderly patients who are incontinent, the Sweet P saves time while giving accurate results.
For more information, contact Department AZ1329, Invention Submission Corp, 903 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222; 412288-1788.