Jenny Hall is a clinical manager at Baywater Healthcare. She has extensive specialist clinical experience from Regional Nurse Adviser through to Senior Nurse Adviser, Service Lead and Contract Manager. She has provided leadership for the Regional Nurse Advisers ensuring best practice, implementation of National Guidance and Clinical Governance. Ms. Hall has worked with Baywater Healthcare since 2013, with leadership responsibility in delivering Home Oxygen and Long-Term Conditions services. Her clinical team focuses on delivering services closer to home which offer the NHS value with optimum clinical outcomes. Previously, Ms. Hall provided leadership to Regional Nurse Advisors with Air Products, a company providing home oxygen services to Wales, East Midlands and North London. She has served as a Senior COPD National Trainer and Nurse Adviser COPD Response with Innovex, ensuring highest competencies were maintained and best practices delivered. Ms. Hall has a Ba Honours Degree as a Registered General Nurse from Oxford Brookes University and MSc Health Studies from Staffordshire University. She completed Respiratory Education and Training Courses and the Edinburgh Sleep Course. Jenny Hall’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-hall-34331b60/ CPAP.co.uk
The Provent Sleep Therapy Kit
Although the primary treatment course for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, some users can struggle to come to terms with using it.
The Provent Sleep Therapy Starter Kit can offer an alternative solution. Aimed primarily at mild to moderate OSA,
the sleep therapy kit is a non-invasive treatment involving a nasal device worn while you sleep.
Secured using a hypoallergenic adhesive, the device is designed with a valve which opens to freely allow air in to the airways on inhalation. When exhaling,
the valve closes and the air is re-directed through small holes. This helps increase and maintain pressure in the airways, keeping them free from blocking
before the next inhalation.
The nasal device used for the sleep therapy starter kit is discreet and some people will feel less self-conscious wearing one compared
to alternative OSA treatments. Its small size makes it easy to transport when away from home.
OSA symptoms can return if the treatment method is stopped, but with this nasal device you can easily continue using
it when staying away from home. It does not require plugging in so you do not need to check for electrical supply when going on holiday or off-grid. You receive your devices individually pouched and they are each disposed after each use.
If you are struggling to maintain consistent use of an OSA treatment method such
as CPAP therapy, your doctor may recommend wearing this nasal device as an alternative.
An Alternative To CPAP Therapy
The Provent method is known as Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP).
Let’s compare this method with the gold standard for mild to moderate OSA treatment, CPAP therapy, which some people find it hard to get used to.
CPAP therapy uses a mask which is worn over the nose or mouth when sleeping. This is attached to a machine that supplies air pressure through
the mask to the airways to prevent them from blocking.
Most modern CPAP machines also come with a humidifier which helps to prevent issues such as a dry mouth and nose, sinus congestion and coughing due to a dry throat.
CPAP therapy provides positive pressure to the airways while you sleep, both when you inhale and exhale.
However, some users find it difficult to adapt to the pressure of the air forced through the mask and may find themselves exhaling against the pressure of the air.
As the Provent nasal device is a form of EPAP therapy, it involves your breathing to control the air pressure. The device’s valve will open on inhalation and close on exhalation, so it uses your breathing to increase pressure to the airways.
Some patients may find this easier to use compared to a CPAP machine. The starter kit includes various nasal devices to help with the adjustment.
Perseverance Is Important
Whichever form of OSA treatment you choose, the ultimate aim is to reduce the symptoms which cause the sleep disorder. OSA which goes untreated can lead to serious health conditions, including:
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Type 2 diabetes
- Increased blood pressure
- Liver damage
- Pregnancy complications
The constant fatigue from interrupted sleep can have dire consequences at home and work.
- Statistics point to OSA sufferers being three times more at risk of an occupational accident.
- From the risk of falling asleep at the wheel -- to misjudgments due to poor
concentration when operating machinery -- the side effects of OSA can be highly damaging.
By working with your sleep doctor, you can get the appropriate treatment for you. By keeping your airways clear of blockage you can have uninterrupted nights of sleep, reduced fatigue, improved concentration levels, increased alertness, less associated irritability and reduced levels of snoring.
The most important thing you can do is to use your therapy device regularly, as you will only reduce the symptoms of sleep apnoea by applying it on a nightly basis.
The nasal device in the Provent sleep therapy kit offers an alternative to CPAP therapy and they cannot be used together. If you are unable to use your CPAP therapy machine on a regular basis for whatever reason, then the Provent Sleep Therapy starter kit may be the solution and you should speak to your doctor for guidance and advice.
To purchase the Provent Sleep Therapy Starter Kit: https://www.cpap.co.uk/provent-sleep-therapy-starter-kit.html