COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UpdateAs the situation surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to develop, Watermark Medical’s focus on the health and safety of our staff, partners, customers and patients is our top priority. We are closely monitoring guidance from the CDC and other public health organizations and taking appropriate action to ensure we continue to provide uninterrupted technical support, as well as maintain clinical and diagnostic services for our home sleep testing clients. While most of our technical and clinical staff are working remotely, we currently maintain shipping/receiving and quality assurance services from our office to manage device maintenance and repair requirements.

A few questions regarding the coronavirus outbreak have been specifically asked about the cleaning processes of the ARES device. Our cleaning procedure (when followed as described in the ARES Product Guide) has been validated and meets agency guidelines to mitigate the transfer risk of bacteria and viruses. For our customers safety, the ARES User Guide intended to be given or reviewed with each patient, includes instructions for the patient to place the device back in the plastic bag to return to the issuing facility. Once cleaned, storing the ARES device in a new resealable plastic bag will help ensure that the ARES remains clean and ready for the next patient use. Those who clean the devices after patient use can limit their chance of exposure by proper use of gloves and frequent washing of their hands. We are monitoring guidelines from CDC and other regulatory agencies and will adjust our procedure if their recommendations change.

Publications

Watermark Medical’s ARES™ Home Sleep Test system has been evaluated by several studies, both in controlled lab settings and under unattended environments. Overall, our system shows a high level of agreement with simultaneously collected PSG.

Through our research and proven system, we have become leaders in sleep apnea studies and diagnostics. Here you can find the latest articles and other published information on sleep apnea and related health benefits.

Comparing the ARES™ questionnaire and the Berlin questionnaire for obstructive sleep apnea

This study compared the sensitivity and specificity of the ARES™ and Berlin questionnaires that help identify patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in dental settings.

Summary

The ARES™ questionnaire performed better in sensitivity, but lower in specificity.

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The ability of the ARES™ device is evaluated to identify OSA in patients

141 patients successfully completed a PSG study while wearing the ARES™ device to measure its effectiveness as a diagnostic tool.

Summary

ARES™ was proven to be effective in the areas of sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing severe OSA in patients.

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Professional study compares the ARES™ system to conventional lab PSG

Study participants used the ARES™ device for two nights, then underwent an in-lab PSG with ARES™.

Summary

The ARES™ device provided accurate in-home data and estimates for diagnosing OSA as compared to in-lab PSG.

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MLST testing is shown to be underutilized in sleep disorder testing

MLST (Multiple Sleep Latency Test) is the most effective diagnostic test of narcolepsy, which has been underutilized in the sleep clinic.

Summary

82% of potential sleep disorder patients with SOREMP (a short onset REM period) were evaluated with MLST, and subsequently diagnosed with narcolepsy.

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Examining the connection in sleep disorders within the Hispanic/Latino community

A study examines risk factors for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) among Hispanic/Latino individuals from different backgrounds.

Summary

Results found a link between SBD and chronic conditions commonly seen in Hispanic/Latino populations, namely diabetes and hypertension.

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Top 10 Respiratory Devices Solution Provider - 2019

Watermark Medical was listed as one of MedTech's top respiratory devices solution provider for 2019 for its comprehensive sleep diagnostic solutions for home testing patients.

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