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Lightweight CPAP Device Promotes Patient Mobility

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 25 Dec 2013
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Image: The Z1 CPAP device and PowerShell battery module (Photo courtesy of Human Design Medical).
Image: The Z1 CPAP device and PowerShell battery module (Photo courtesy of Human Design Medical).
An innovative continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is changing the rules of design, portability, and user experience.

The Z1 CPAP device fits in the palm of the hand and weighs an exceptionally light 285 grams. In addition to all the full features CPAP users need, the Z1 also includes embedded Bluetooth technology and data viewing software that offer users feedback on their therapy. The proprietary Z-Breathe algorithm learns the users breathing patterns to relieve CPAP machine pressure upon exhalation. A backlit liquid crystal diode (LCD) display and tactical buttons provides users with feedback and easy-to-use controls so users can monitor session status.

An optional PowerShell houses an integrated 14.4 V lithium ion overnight battery module within a neoprene case, which enables users to use plug-in power or the cordless battery module, which delivers at least eight hours of CPAP without external power. If there is a power outage, the Z1 automatically transfers over to battery power so patients can continue their sleep without interruption. It also provides an ideal solution for camping, boating, or any other lifestyle activities where external power sources are limited or not available. The Z1 CPAP device is a product of Human Design Medical (HDM; Boston, MA, USA), and is compatible with all CPAP masks on the market.

“We think that if we can engage device users in a more meaningful way, and create products that they actually like to use, we can be an integral part of their lifestyle and improve their quality of life,” said Steve Moore, senior VP of Sales and Marketing at HDM. “Our goal was to make CPAP treatment more user-friendly for people with active lifestyles and I think we really nailed it. I am a CPAP user myself and have taken the Z1 on business trips across the US and overseas and I can attest to the value of having CPAP that is ready to go wherever I need it to, while taking up as little space as possible.”

CPAP is the use of continuous, constant flow of air to maintain a continuous level of positive airway pressure. The ventilator does not cycle during CPAP, no additional pressure above the level of CPAP is provided, and patients must initiate all of their breaths. CPAP typically is used for people who have breathing problems, such as sleep apnea. CPAP is the most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in which the mild pressure from CPAP prevents the airway from collapsing or becoming blocked.

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