Home Health Care

 Portable Oxygen Unit
Puritan Bennett® (Pleasanton, Calif) introduces the HELiOS® Marathon™ portable oxygen unit, which allows patients to be out all day without needing to refill or bring extra oxygen cylinders. It lasts up to 20 hours between refills, yet it weighs only 5.6 pounds filled. With multiple settings in both continuous-flow and demand-flow modes, it meets a wide range of patient needs.

Puritan Bennett produces respiratory-related medical products serving patients from the hospital to the home. A part of Tyco Healthcare/Mallinckrodt, Puritan Bennett is a leader in ventilators, oxygen and sleep therapy equipment, sleep diagnostics, spirometry, and other respiratory products, including a clinical information system for respiratory care. (800) 995-1325; www.puritanbennett.com.

 Apnea Monitoring Products
CAS Medical Systems (Branford, Conn) offers a family of apnea monitoring products. For home use, the Ami Plus monitor provides a built-in modem; and it is lightweight, portable, and easy to use. For use in the hospital, the 511 monitor offers durable heart and respiration monitoring, along with the option of the latest in oximetry technology, all in one unit. CAS Express software allows users to quickly access, review, and analyze data from either the Ami Plus or the 511. (800) 227-4414; www.casmed.com.

 Portable Volume Ventilator
Respironics Inc (Murrysville, Pa) introduces the PLV® Continuum™, a smaller, lighter, and updated version of Respironics’ PLV-100.

“Respironics’ PLV Continuum builds upon the reliability and workhorse technology of the PLV-100 but offers adult and pediatric patients ventilatory support with distinct options for daytime and nighttime comfort,” says Cheryl Needham, Homecare Division product manager for home ventilation products.
The PLV Continuum comes with a “portfolio of continuous support,” which includes 24×7 clinical and technical product support, on-site and regional service training, financing options, and a 48-hour “ship-complete” guarantee. Respironics is a leading developer, manufacturer, and distributor of products and programs that serve the global sleep and respiratory markets. (800) 345-6443; www.respironics.com.

 CPAP Device
ResMed (Poway, Calif) introduces the S8 Escape™ continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, which delivers quality and reliability in a lightweight, compact flow generator. User-friendly and versatile, the S8 Escape features an interactive Personal Assistant, which reminds patients to maintain their equipment, prompts and guides them through device interactions, and automatically backs up their compliance data.

The Personal Assistant gives clinicians the option to manage therapy remotely or directly through the device, via the ResScan™ Data Card. The travel-friendly S8 Escape features 12-V and 24-V DC power inputs for patients with active lifestyles. (800) 424-0737; www.resmed.com