Do you or a loved one suspect they might be living with Sleep Apnea? According to Kisha Manning, a Respiratory Therapist for NuCara Home Medical a Durable Medical Equipment company based inIowa, sleep apnea is very common, almost as common in adults as diabetes or asthma. NuCara Home Medical currently services 765 patients throughoutIowaand is seeing that number rise each month.
Some patients are hesitant to see their doctor and do a full sleep study to get an official diagnosis. However, there is a test that can be done at home that can indicate whether the patient is a candidate for more testing.
The RUSleeping RTS device is a multi-patient, small, lightweight, battery-operated device with a specially designed cannula for detecting apnea events.
RUSleeping RTS provides the following results to the user:
1. The rate of apnea events (AH) occurring during the sleep period.
2. The total number of apnea events occurring each hour.
RUSleeping RTS is not a diagnostic tool. Rather, it is an assessment tool for collecting and displaying information about sleep related apnea events.
“The RUSleeping RTS is a very easy and quite reliable monitoring device. Because it is a free service we offer, patients don’t have anything to lose,” says Alyssa Barkalow, a Respiratory Therapist for NuCara Home Medical.
If patients fall into a range that indicates an issue, they can then make an appointment with their physician for more testing and an official diagnosis.
“Our goal is to help patients take that first step towards getting help,” says Barkalow. “Many times once they really see what they are dealing with, they realize they have a problem and are more willing to go to the doctor.”
For more information on the RUSleeping RTS device, contact your local physician or NuCara Home Medical at 800-358-3308. NuCara Home Medical is currently holding Sleep Clinics in many of their Iowalocations during the week of February 6th. See your local NuCara Pharmacy for more details.