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Posted on Jan 9, 2007 in News

Sleep apnea, which is linked to cardiovascular risk factors, diabetes and obesity, can be helped through the Hybrid

Sleep apnea, which is linked to cardiovascular risk factors, diabetes and obesity, can be helped through the Hybrid

  RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A variety of surveys show that millions of Americans have welcomed the New Year by resolving to improve their health with exercise and diet. However, medical studies suggest that combating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may also contribute to good health. More than an annoyance to a snorer’s family, OSA is a suspected link to cardiovascular risk factors. For example, an estimated 50 percent of sleep apnea patients have high blood pressure. OSA is also linked to obesity and diabetes, as well as diminished concentration and daytime performance. The Hybrid Universal Interface from Teleflex Medical is one way to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The Hybrid is a dual airway mask designed to provide continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and help OSA patients breathe more easily at night. According to Dr. Natalio J. Chediak of the Boca Raton Sleep Center, “Both our technologists and patients found fitting the Hybrid to be a simple task. Its nasal inserts and oral cushion sizes make the mask versatile in...

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Posted on Nov 24, 2006 in News

Teleflex Medical Slated to Release New Products at AARC Congress

Teleflex Medical Slated to Release New Products at AARC Congress

Teleflex Medical, Research Triangle Park, NC, will introduce three new products to respiratory therapists at the 52nd International Respiratory Congress of the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) December 11 to 14 in Las Vegas—the Comfort Flo™ humidification system, the Gibeck® Humid-Flo™ heat and moisture exchanger, and the Hybrid™ universal interface. “This is an exciting time for the respiratory professional,” said Jeri Eiserman, RRT, past president of AARC and director of professional sales and support at Teleflex Medical. “These new products advance the caregiver’s quest to optimize and enhance the delivery of respiratory care.” •    The Comfort Flo humidification system is designed to facilitate the delivery of high-flow respiratory gases. It delivers high-flow, heated, humidified oxygen through a nasal cannula to adult, pediatric, infant and premature patients. High-flow therapy allows spontaneously breathing patients to comfortably receive a wide-range of flows (1-40 LPM) to deter from more invasive and often more expensive therapies. •    The Gibeck Humid-Flo heat and moisture exchanger (HME) allows the HME to remain in-line during medicated...

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Posted on Jul 13, 2006 in News

Interview with Teleflex Medical about the Hybrid Mask

Interview with Teleflex Medical about the Hybrid Mask

By Tracy Nasca Teleflex Medical recently launched a new CPAP interface during the Sleep 2006 Show in Salt Lake City, Utah . It was at the Sleep Show that I was able to catch up with Whitney Reynolds, Respiratory Marketing Manager, for Teleflex Medical and learn more about the new Hybrid interface. Tracy Nasca: I understand you’ve just launched a new CPAP mask, the Hybrid. Tell me more about it. Whitney Reynolds: The Hybrid interface is a unique fusion of technologies, designed to be a universal interface for both patients and providers. The Hybrid is a dual-airway interface that consists of an oral cushion that covers the mouth and two nasal pillows that fit into the patients nostrils. This proprietary design simultaneously addresses two common concerns with CPAP therapy: patient comfort and oral leaks. Tracy Nasca: How does the Hybrid improve patient comfort? Whitney Reynolds: The Hybrid limits the points of contact on the patient’s face. As you can see with the design, the mask does not contact the bridge of the nose or...

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Posted on Jul 1, 2006 in News

New RAD Guidelines Mean Better Treatment for Complex, Central Apneas and Better Business for Providers

New RAD Guidelines Mean Better Treatment for Complex, Central Apneas and Better Business for Providers

By Elisha Bury – In April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its guidelines for respiratory assistive devices (RADs) to lift the oxygen desaturation requirement for patients with central and complex sleep apnea. The decision, effective retroactively to Jan. 1, sent waves of relief through the HME industry, which has been inundated by continuous cuts in respiratory reimbursement. “So, if you put a patient on a blood pressure monitor, you can see their blood pressure going over 200 once every minute. That’s a picture of somebody’s heart getting eaten for lunch. But under the old Medicare criteria, that patient could literally walk out of a sleep lab with a score of zero. And then we could say to them, ‘You’re cured. Congratulations. And then they could go away and die of heart failure.” —Robert Daly, chairman of Total Sleep Holdings Inc., Wesley, Mass. While the new guidelines clear a path for patients to get proper treatment — and for providers to get proper reimbursement — the...

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Posted on Jun 23, 2006 in News

Teleflex Medical Launches Hybrid Universal OSA Interface

Teleflex Medical Launches Hybrid Universal OSA Interface

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Teleflex Medical announced today the launch of the Hybrid™, a revolutionary interface for use with sleep therapy systems for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. The Hybrid™ interface is a unique fusion of technologies designed to be a universal interface for patients, clinicians and providers. This one product serves as a nasal interface, an oral interface, and a combination of the two. Its proprietary design enhances patient comfort and compliance by eliminating pressure points on the forehead and across the bridge of the nose. “We at Teleflex Medical are excited to bring this innovative technology to market,” said Tim Hopper, vice president and general manager of the Medical Products business unit, Teleflex Medical. “The proprietary design of the Hybrid™ redefines the management of obstructive sleep apnea by providing optimal patient comfort resulting in greater therapy compliance. As a result, the Hybrid™ will transform the way OSA management is viewed moving forward.” The Hybrid™ joins Teleflex Medical’s existing family of Nasal-Aire(R) II sleep therapy interfaces. The Nasal-Aire II features an innovative design...

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Posted on Jun 19, 2006 in News

RespCare Introduces the Revolutionary Hybrid™ Sleep Therapy Device

RespCare Introduces the Revolutionary Hybrid™ Sleep Therapy Device

COCONUT CREEK, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RespCare, Inc. announced that it has launched its revolutionary Hybrid™ Universal CPAP interface. The Hybrid™ interface has a unique combination of nasal pillows with an oral interface and is expected to become the interface of choice for the majority of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. The company has signed an exclusive global distribution agreement with the medical division of a Fortune 1000 company. RespCare expects revenues in the excess of $100 million over a five year period from the sale of this product. The company has filed over 10 patents globally related to this product. The company also states that there is a large and growing market for the new device for non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in critical care and long term care environments. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is used to treat sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), which is estimated to affect approximately 20 million Americans. The global market for CPAP interfaces exceeded $500 million in 2005 and is growing at 20 – 25% a year. Other companies in...

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Posted on May 15, 2006 in News

The Manager Minute: Lourdes Diaz

The Manager Minute: Lourdes Diaz

By Cindy Kent South Florida Sun-Sentinel  Posted May 15 2006 Being accountable for a broad spectrum of responsibilities within a company is rewarding to Lourdes Diaz, chief operating officer for InnoMed Technologies Inc. in Coconut Creek. Diaz has always been serious about building her career and future, she said. Coming to South Florida from her hometown of Camajuani, Cuba, when she was 12, Diaz had to learn a new language and way of life. To help support her family, she got a job as a cashier. Diaz worked her way though college at a leather accessories manufacturer and studied industrial engineering at Florida International University. She went on to get her MBA degree and became a schoolteacher for a few years. About a year and a half ago, Diaz began missing the corporate environment. Job-hunting led her to her current position with InnoMed. Diaz, 37, and her 7-year-old daughter live in Coconut Creek. The job: Lourdes Diaz is chief operating officer for InnoMed Technologies Inc., a respiratory medical devices...

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Posted on Aug 12, 2004 in News

InnoMed Technologies “New Era in CPAP Therapy” Now Available to the Homecare Market

InnoMed Technologies “New Era in CPAP Therapy” Now Available to the Homecare Market

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– InnoMed Technologies, Inc. has introduced the Nasal-PAP Freestyle, its new CPAP interface. The Nasal-Pap Freestyle, which does not touch the face, is a dramatic departure from anything on the market and it is available in seven sizes to accommodate the broadest sector of CPAP users. “The Nasal-PAP Freestyle is the simplest most innovative piece of CPAP equipment I have seen in my 15 years in this industry,” said InnoMed C.E.O., R. Patrick Karem. “But, it is only one offering in our continually growing and industry leading interface product line.” The Nasal-Pap Freestyle was unveiled with wide acclaim at the AARC Conference in Las Vegas in November creating a great deal of demand for the product. It is now available to the homecare market. Thomas J. Wood, the inventor of the Nasal-PAP Freestyle as well as the world renowned Nasal-Aire(R) interface, said, “This is one of the best CPAP interfaces on the market because of the high degree of linear flow throughout the system.” About InnoMed...

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Posted on Jun 30, 2004 in News

Federal Judge Deals Viasys Healthcare Major Blow in Infringement Fight With Innomed Technologies

Federal Judge Deals Viasys Healthcare Major Blow in Infringement Fight With Innomed Technologies

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A federal judge in California shot down an attempt by Viasys Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:VAS) to circumvent the jurisdiction of a federal court in Orlando, Florida regarding the company’s year-long patent infringement suit with Boca Raton-based InnoMed Technologies. The federal judge rejected Viasys’ efforts to request a declaratory finding of non-infringement regarding its recently-introduced Lyra nasal interface. The infringement suit is regarding Viasys’ exclusive worldwide distribution agreement with Worldwide Medical Technologies, Inc. of Waycross, Georgia for the development and sale of the Spiritus nasal interface. Since being added to the already-ongoing lawsuit with Worldwide Medical, Viasys has terminated that worldwide distribution agreement. After failed settlement talks with InnoMed Technologies in April, Viasys Healthcare had filed a declaratory action seeking a finding of non-infringement of one of InnoMed Technologies’ nasal CPAP interface patents. Both InnoMed’s Florida and California counsel argued that no reasonable apprehension of immediate suit existed regarding Viasys’ introduction of the Lyra, despite the fact that the Lyra device was nothing more than a derivative...

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Posted on Apr 7, 2004 in News

InnoMed Technologies Receives The 2004 Frost And Sullivan Award For Product Innovation

InnoMed Technologies Receives The 2004 Frost And Sullivan Award For Product Innovation

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– In a recent study entitled ‘Strategic Analysis of World Sleep Apnea Therapeutic Markets,’ Frost and Sullivan recognized InnoMed Technologies Inc.’s revolutionary facial interface, a product that can provide comfort to millions of people suffering from sleep apnea, with the 2004 Frost and Sullivan Award for Product Innovation. Since masks are a very important component of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for sleep apnea, a comfortable mask can be crucial for patient compliance. While a number of companies have focused their efforts on developing better masks, InnoMed Technologies has excelled with the development of Nasal-Aire, a truly innovative mask. It does not require any headgear and can be worn like an oxygen canula, providing highly effective therapy. ‘The lack of patient comfort and compliance is one of the biggest reasons for the failure of CPAP therapy, however, Nasal-Aire offers multiple benefits to patients including the freedom to speak, sleep in any direction and wear eyeglasses, which makes it a facial interface of choice,’ says Frost...

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