Somnarus has developed a disposable, adhesive patch that detects obstructive sleep apnea at home.
The SomnaPatch is worn on the forehead, wth an addtional piece on the nose. It records nasal pressure, blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate, respiratory effort, body position and how long a patient is asleep.
An 174-patient study showed that results from the SomnaPatch matched standard in-lab polysomnography 87% of the time.
If the device is proven effective in larger studies, it could be a cheaper, more comfortable alternative to lab-based sleep studies.
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