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Sleep Disorders
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 6713236, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/6713236
Clinical Study

Impact of a New Nasal Pillows Mask on Patients’ Acceptance, Compliance, and Willingness to Remain on CPAP Therapy

1ResMed Science Centre, Fraunhoferstraße 16, 82152 Martinsried, Germany
2Sleep and Ventilation Center Blaubeuren, Lung Center Ulm, Ulm, Germany

Received 3 June 2016; Accepted 9 August 2016

Academic Editor: Hao-Kuang Wang

Copyright © 2016 Alison Wimms et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Aim. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks are a key factor in patient compliance. This program assessed the performance of a new nasal pillows mask (NPM) on a variety of new and established obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients using CPAP therapy. Methods. Five programs were developed to assess the new NPM [AirFit P10, ResMed] on naïve patients; patients established on another NPM; patients using a nasal mask; patients with low CPAP compliance; and patients who wished to stop using CPAP therapy. Results. A total of 212 patients were included. In naïve patients, CPAP usage after 3 months was hours/night, compared with the control group at hours/night (). In patients established on another NPM, usage improved to hours/night versus (). 78% of nasal mask users wished to continue using the new NPM. Low compliance patients improved with an average of 0.87 hours/night () when using the new NPM. In patients at the point of quitting CPAP, 60% continued with therapy using the new NPM. Conclusion. The new NPM mask performed well in a variety of clinical groups of OSA patients receiving CPAP therapy and shows that technical advances in CPAP masks can improve patient compliance.