Contour Products

U.S. Survey Proves Contour CPAP Pillow Improves Patient Comfort

Over 96% of Respiratory Therapists Agree, Mask Users Benefit from This Pillow

MEDICA: Duesseldorf, Germany (November 2009 - Hall 16, C 04) – Contour Products™, a leader in the sleep support and comfort industry, is proud to promote the results of a recent survey conducted among respiratory therapists, who work with CPAP patients on a daily basis in the U.S. One of the most common issues among CPAP therapy users is the discomfort they experience when sleeping with their CPAP mask, as a result of the mask pressing against the side of their face. The Contour CPAP Titration Pillow alleviates this problem with its innovative pressure-free zones designed to accommodate any respiratory mask so that users stay comfortable, even in the side-sleeping position.

“We’re extremely pleased that respiratory therapists from throughout the United States have acknowledged and supported that the patented design of our Contour CPAP Titration Pillow significantly improves comfort among CPAP therapy patients,” says Contour Products’ founder Scott Davis. “We’ve received tremendous feedback from end users on these same issues, but to have members of the medical community respond as consistently and favorably as they did is truly gratifying. It’s great to have this additional credibility.”

Another significant area that was explored in this survey was the topic of mask leaks. More than 91 percent of respiratory therapists surveyed also agreed that the Contour CPAP Titration Pillow is successful in reducing mask leaks, which is another major barrier to compliance among CPAP therapy patients. Aside from causing dry skin around the face, nostrils and eyes, mask leaks can contribute to patients not getting the prescribed amount of pressurized air. Mask leaks compromise compliance because of the air leakage as well as the discomfort and noise caused by the leaks.

As further proof of the Contour CPAP Pillow’s effectiveness, 100 percent of the respiratory therapists surveyed agreed that the Contour CPAP Pillow reduces the tendency of the mask to press against the user’s face. Mask pressure is the major factor in discomfort complaints among CPAP therapy patients, as well as a leading cause of non-compliance. Eliminating mask pressure is a tremendous step in the direction of patient acceptance and compliance for CPAP mask therapy, which is a highly effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
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The Contour CPAP Pillow features that address key issues affecting patient compliance include ergonomically designed head, neck and shoulder support to reinforce comfort. The Contour CPAP Pillow has specifically molded spots for users’ ears to rest in when side sleeping for added relief. And, the pillow’s inclined upper sides support the forehead to help prevent patients from rotating their chin downward, compromising airway alignment.

Other important features of the Contour CPAP Pillow include an advanced, precisely molded design made of poured foam for a high-quality supportive and resilient product. A cover of silky, quilted padding in the hollowed-out sections of the pillow and along the shoulder area ensures that the mask, hose and body easily glide over the pillow when users change positions at night. The pillow is backed by a full five-year warranty and boasts effective packaging that thoroughly conveys its features and benefits in a user-friendly format.

“The Contour CPAP Pillow is great for use both during titration and in the home setting,” says Scott Davis. “By controlling the mask variable during titration, the process becomes more manageable and improves patient acceptance of the interface. Using the pillow at home ensures comfort and compliance after titration.”

For more information, please visit: www.contourcpap.com or call 1-800-692-6686 x115. The Contour CPAP Titration Pillow has had great retail success. Contour Products is currently looking for international distributors.

About Contour Products
Founded in 1991, Contour Products (www.contourliving.com) is a leader in the ergonomic comfort and support industry. Since the introduction and success of its first innovation, the Contour Pillow, the company has sold more than 20 million products in the United States and 80 other countries. Contour Products has an extensive distribution network in place through traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, sleep centers, DME providers, online stores, direct-response television, the Internet, key furniture shows, catalogs and home shopping networks. The company has 66 patents and trademarks registered in the United States and abroad. Contour Products is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. and has an operations facility in Charlotte, N.C. “Contour® - We support you for Life”

Sue Sarko, ssarko@contourliving.com, 440-930-2446

Heidi Schoenberger-Cobert, heidi@cobertpr.com, 703-965-3873