A Randomized Crossover Trial of a Pressure Relief Technology (SensAwake™) in Continuous Positive Airway Pressure to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Bogan, R.K.; Wells, C.

Sleep Disorders 2017: 3978073


ISSN/ISBN: 2090-3545
PMID: 29410921
DOI: 10.1155/2017/3978073
Accession: 049406639

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Improving adherence to CPAP devices is crucial to reduce the long-term morbidity associated with OSA. SensAwake is a unique pressure relief technology that aims to promptly reduce the pressure upon sensing irregular respiration indicative of wakefulness. The purpose of this study was to compare adherence and sleep-quality outcomes in patients treated by CPAP with and without SensAwake technology. Participants with moderate-to-severe OSA were randomized to use CPAP devices with or without SensAwake (4 weeks) before crossing over. Sixty-five patients completed both arms of the trial. There were no statistically significant differences in CPAP adherence with or without SensAwake over the study period (SensAwake ON 272.67 ± 17.06 versus SensAwake OFF 289.09 ± 15.24; p = 0.180). SensAwake reported a significantly lower system leak, 90th percentile leak, and time spent with excessive (>60 L/min) leak. Subgroup analysis suggested a trend towards improved adherence in patients with moderate-to-severe insomnia when using SensAwake. Using SensAwake incurred benefit in terms of reduced leaks; however, SensAwake did not improve CPAP adherence or objective sleep quality. Further studies should investigate the accuracy of observed trends towards increased adherence using SensAwake among patients with OSA and insomnia.