Until very recently the benefits of humidification in CPAP therapy have been compromised by changing ambient temperature. Changes in temperature cause condensation and mask pressure instability in addition to humidity loss in therapy. As the air travels from conventional heated humidifiers to you via your hose, heat and moisture are lost due to the temperature of the hose and the air around it. This may result in rainout, or simply a compromised humidity level in the air that is traveling through the hose.
ThermoSmart Technology, with its heated breathing tube adapted from sophisticated intensive care humidification, delivers higher and customized humidity levels that are maintained throughout the night, regardless of ambient temperature change. ThermoSmart Technology provides optimal patient comfort and therapy effectiveness through prevention of condensation and absolute mask pressure stability, but also through optimal humidity delivery in all environments.
Research has shown that CPAP users experience mouth leak up to 31% of total sleep time. Mouth leak is known to cause excessive drying of the nasal mucosa and congestion due to increased nasal airway resistance. Humidity levels of 30mg/L (absolute) at 30°C have shown to prevent any increase in nasal airway resistance following a mouth leak.
Conventional humidifiers are unable to supply these levels. Typical conventional humidifier will only provide humidity levels of approximately 18mg/L (absolute) at 22°C. Any efforts to increase this will only result in condensation.
As a standard, the HC608 comes with the upgraded HC360 water chamber. The heater plate is the base for this chamber, which can be removed for cleaning.
Currently, optimal humidity delivery is only possible with ThermoSmart Technology. It results in optimal sleep performance due to higher comfort levels leading to improved patient acceptance and compliance.