Philips’ New Face Mask Caters to Hard-to-Fit Patients
Posted Jul 26 2009 11:32pm
Hard-to-fit obstructive sleep apnea patients now have a new option, thanks to the FitLife Total Face Mask introduced by Philips Healthcare last week.
Designed to cover the face from above the eyebrows to below the lower lip, the mask provides a treatment alternative for those with nasal bridge breakdown, facial irregularities, facial hair, dentures, or claustrophobia.
FitLife establishes a robust seal around the less-pressure-sensitive outer perimeter of the face; its geometry does not irritate the eyes and keeps airflow in the mouth and nose area, while enabling patients to maintain an unrestricted view.
Reimbursable as a full-face mask, the FitLife total face mask is available in two sizes, small and large, with the large size fitting most patients. The mask is being launched first in the United States and will be available globally in the third quarter of 2009.