Philips launches full-face OSA mask

Royal Philips Electronics has launched a full-face mask as a minimal-contact alternative for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

The FullLife mask covers both the nose and mouth, but is compact and offers patients a clear line of sight as well as reduced noise.

The mask has been launched initially in the US, with a global launch to follow in September 2009.

The FullLife is smaller and lighter than other full-face masks. The absence of a forehead pad means there is a clear line of sight. A dual-textured cushion reduces leaks and maintains a firm seal during patient movement.

“The FullLife mask is built on the same platform as our successful OptiLife mask, which was introduced in 2007,” said Gretchen Jezerc, Director, US Marketing, Sleep Disordered Breathing at Philips Home Healthcare Solutions.

“With a minimalist design and lightweight, durable materials, FullLife provides comfort and convenience for patients. Among its features, a clear line of sight benefits patients who feel claustrophobic, and an integrated exhalation port makes it exceptionally quiet for patients and their bed partners.”

FullLife provides patients, clinicians and homecare providers with a more user-friendly option in the growing field of sleep apnoea treatments.