Thank you to all our 2021 Annual Meeting Sponsors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit our Sponsorship Information page.
Fischer & Paykel: Established in New Zealand in 1969, Fischer and Paykel’s business was built on a vision to emulate the body’s natural humidification processes. It all started with Dr Matt Spence, an intensive care specialist working in Auckland Hospital’s Acute Respiratory Unit, who noticed his patients on mechanical breathing machines were suffering from dry and infected tracheas. For help solving the problem, he turned to Alf Melville, a government electrical engineer, and Dave O’Hare, a senior engineer with appliances company Fisher & Paykel Industries. The three collaborated to find an innovative solution, and the result was a prototype humidifier made from a humble fruit preserving jar.
Applying what they knew about designing appliances, a small team at Fisher & Paykel Industries took the humidifier from prototype to manufactured product. The first respiratory humidifier was sold in 1970 and was marketed internationally. To learn more about Fischer and Paykel, click here.
Itamar Medical: WatchPAT®️ is an innovative Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT) that utilizes the peripheral arterial signal (PAT®️). It measures up to 7 channels (PAT®️ signal, heart rate, oximetry, actigraphy, body position, snoring, and chest motion) via three points of contact. Within one minute post-study, the raw data is downloaded and auto-scored identifying all types of apnea events. WatchPAT®️ provides AHI, AHIc, RDI, and ODI based upon True Sleep Time and Sleep Staging. To learn more about Itamar Medical, click here.