Philips first of its kind minimal contact mask helps to improve the quality of life for sleep apnea patients

Philips first of its kind minimal contact mask helps to improve the quality of
                        life for sleep apnea patients

PR Newswire

MURRYSVILLE, Pa., June 28, 2013

MURRYSVILLE, Pa., June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips Respironics, a unit of
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) and a pioneer in science-based sleep
solutions, today announces a significant advancement in sleep therapy with the
commercial release of a first of its kind minimal contact nasal mask – Wisp.
Designed to fit more than 98% of sleep apnea patients, Wisp brings distinctive
styling and patented technology for a better overall mask experience that may
improve patient compliance.

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For the millions of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients who rely on
positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, finding the right mask is a critical
step. The Philips Respironics lead engineer responsible for the design of the
Wisp new hybrid mask knows firsthand the importance of comfort and fit; he and
his son have OSA, the most common form of sleep-disordered breathing. OSA can
increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and other serious conditions if
left untreated. The PAP treatment works by delivering a gentle flow of
pressurized air through a mask to keep the airway open. Fit and comfort are
key factors in a patient's adherence to therapy and success.

"We set out to create a new class of mask that can improve the quality of life
of a majority of patients with chronic sleep conditions, and in doing so,
reduce operational complexity for homecare providers. Clinicians, providers
and patients from around the world told us what they were looking for in a
mask," says John Frank, senior vice president, general manager, Sleep and
Respiratory Care, Philips Home Healthcare Solutions. "That insight coupled
with the ingenuity of our design team led to the development of Wisp." In
CPAP patient preference and provider ease of use studies, Wisp was preferred
over the leading nasal and nasal pillows in several categories.^1 "Even the
most hard-to-fit patients are reporting satisfaction."

A departure from traditional masks, Wisp combines the performance and comfort
of a nasal mask with the aesthetic of a pillows mask to deliver best in class
performance in four areas: comfort, ease of use, visual appeal, and the
ability to fit a wide range of patients. Compact and lightweight, Wisp offers
a minimal contact experience, a superior seal and an open field of vision.
Patients can read and even wear their glasses. A variety of new features and
customization options add to the mask's universal appeal:

  oMinimal headgear – no forehead pad – and minimal parts
  oQuick release tabs and headgear clips make it quick and easy to adjust
  oContemporary frame options: reversible fabric – soft suedette and silky
    sateen – or clear silicone
  oPatented auto seal groove and unique tip of the nose cushion technology
  oThree interchangeable cushion sizes fit on the same frame, in same package

For homecare providers, more patients can be served from one package. Every
Wisp mask also includes Philips Respironics Fit for Life comprehensive
resupply solution to help patients achieve compliance with their sleep
therapies, while helping homecare providers efficiently manage their business.

Information is available online at www.philips.us/Wisp.

^1 Data on file

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being
company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in
the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the
Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs
approximately 116,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100
countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home
healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications,
as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is
located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

SOURCE Philips Home Healthcare Solutions

Website: http://www.philips.us/Wisp
Contact: Alicia Cafardi, Philips Healthcare, 724-387-4439,
alicia.cafardi@philips.com; Maryellen Bizzack, Philips Home Healthcare
Solutions, 724-387-5006, maryellen.bizzack@philips.com
 
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