Sleep Treatments | Sleep Review
The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) recently announced the 2021 winners during the new Medtech Design Summit. Since 1998, the MDEA program, organized by Informa Markets-Engineering, has celebrated the leading manufacturers in the industry who design and develop breakthrough medical devices that transform patient care around the world. This year’s competition presented bronze, silver and gold awards in 11 medical device product categories, and two outstanding entries were recognized with Best in Show and MD + DI Readers’ Choice Awards.
Two sleeping companies were among the winners.
BRYGGS Medical ULTepap
In the Non-Surgical Hospital Supplies and Equipment category, the silver award went to BRYGGS Medical for its ULTepap, a reusable expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) solution for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The way ULTepap ™ works is when the user inhales, the patented Rashidi sleeper valve collapses, allowing the user to inhale without resistance. When the user exhales, the valve inflates, causing the user to exhale through a series of small grooves through a fixed opening. This creates counter pressure that opens the upper airways. Your airways will remain open the next time you inhale. The ULTepap is held in place by a light headgear. The nasal pillows, inspired by CPAP interfaces, are placed around the nostrils.
In the “Over-the-counter and self-care products” category, the bronze award went to Knightsbridge Sleep Solutions for its Knightsbridge Dual Band chin strap. Features of the chinstrap include: a non-elastic blue band that prevents the jaw from lowering; an elastic white band provides gentle upward force; Elastic-non-elastic composite force allows pressure to be minimized. The straps rise under the jaw and attach to the temples to create a vertical force (as opposed to standard neoprene chin straps that wrap around the tip of the chin and the jaw press directly into the temporomandibular joint).