Pioneering wireless technology is helping patients with sleep apnoea “take more control of their own treatment”, according to specialist nurses.
The technology remotely monitors patients receiving home therapy for obstructive sleep apnoea, saving the data securely on a cloud-based system that hospital staff can then view online.
“The only thing I cannot do remotely is fit a mask”
The Airview equipment – developed by Resmed – is modern, quiet and easy for patients to use, according to South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Sleep Service at its Friarage Hospital, which looks after more than 800 people with the condition, has introduced the technology for around 60 patients so far but hopes to roll it out, especially for those in rural areas.
Mandy Brough, respiratory specialist nurse at the Friarage, said the service was much more convenient for patients.
“Remote monitoring enables us to deliver a better service. We know immediately if there is a problem so we can adjust treatment levels and spot issues as they develop,” she said.
Introducing the technology has taken more than a year to ensure the secure system works well, but once a patient is set up they do not have to attend routine appointments as frequently as before.
Patients can also monitor their results using a free mobile phone application called myAir, which helps them make the most of their therapy and benefit from personalised coaching, said the trust.
Through monitoring patients at home the hospital can manage time more effectively and see more patients, thereby easing the growing demand for the service, it added.
Ms Brough said the new system meant she could do “exactly the same for patients at their home” as she could in a clinic setting. “The only thing I cannot do remotely is fit a mask,” she said.