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Diagnostic Adhesive Patch for Sleep Apnea Shows Promise

Posted By ASC, Monday, July 3, 2017

Doctors currently use cumbersome equipment to diagnose sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many patients struggled to sleep at all during polysomnography tests. Now, clinical trials on an adhesive patch that weighs less than an ounce have shown that it can produce accurate diagnoses. The information it gave to researchers was 87.4 percent as accurate as that produced by standard polysomnography.


The new SomnaPatch measures blood oxygen, nasal pressure, pulse rate, body position, sleep time and respiratory effort. Patients will be able to apply the patch at home, collecting up to four hours of sleep data.The study authors say that the device is a low-cost solution that will allow for sleep apnea diagnosis without disrupting sleep. It is yet to be approved by the FDA, but researchers say that their study will provide the information the organization needs to evaluate the new device during the approval process. Somnarus Inc, the company behind the innovation, has presented its results to sleep medicine specialists, and the abstract of its study was published in the journal Sleep.

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