Before 1981, if you had severe sleep
apnoea the only treatment was a
tracheotomy: a hole was cut in your throat to bypass the collapsed airway! We’ve
come a long way since then.
In 1979, Dr Colin Sullivan began studying
five of his patients at the Royal Prince
Alfred Hospital in Sydney. They were all heavy snorers and they suffered from excessive daytime sleepiness.
Two had lost their jobs as a result of falling asleep at work and one was a 13 year old boy unable
to stay awake at school and labelled as having learning difficulties. Dr Sullivan
noticed that all of his patients stopped
breathing in their sleep.
He had the idea
that he could use air to splint open the airway. He connected a reversed vacuum cleaner via tubing to the patient’s nose and
was able to show that ‘continuous positive airway pressure completely prevented the upper airway occlusion in each of the five patients.
Dr Colin Sullivan had invented
Early on, masks were made by first taking
a plaster cast of each patient’s nose. The masks were then glued onto the face. The very earliest machine used in clinic at the RPA was a paint compressor with the
motors reversed, with thick white tubing,
which was pool tubing. It could deliver a pressure of anywhere between 4 and
20cm H20 and had tremendous turbulence
which made breathing out very difficult.
Dr Sullivan patented his CPAP as a treatment for sleep apnoea in 1981 but it wasn’t until 1987 that he demonstrated his
CPAP machine for Peter Farrell, who had
just set up a high tech medical company’s
Research and Development facility in
Farrell was amazed and saw the
potential for extending and improving the lives of sufferers beyond their wildest (troubled) dreams. ResCare, which later became ResMed, was formed in 1989.
A tracheotomy is no longer the only solution!
Worried about obtaining spares
for your mask or device in an
emergency? ResMed is here for
you wherever you are in the
Did you know?
ResMed have offices and
distributors in over 70
countries! It's always good to
have a plan in case of any
emergency so you will be
pleased to know that ResMed
have a number of contacts
around the world. They will be
able to provide you with advice
ranging from information of
how and where to purchase
spares to where you can obtain
Top tip: Before you travel, check all your
equipment is in good working
order to avoid any unnecessary
problems. Take an extension
lead along, it may serve a useful
purpose. The average life of a
mask is 1 year, although many
people make them last a lot
longer. Close inspection of your
mask and equipment prior to
travel could save you any
inconvenience or unwanted stress on your travels.
Please check our global website
www.resmed.com for the
nearest office/distributor to
where you are travelling to.
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our Head Office in Abingdon is
very busy, with large volumes
of orders being picked,
packaged and despatched to
our customers daily. Based within our warehouse,
our committed team take
great pride in picking and
packing your goods so they
reach you in a timely manner
and in perfect condition.
Rod - Warehouse Supervisor
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years, enjoys the variety of
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that each day brings. His
motto is very much ‘It is a
patient, not a package’ meaning his team always
give each order the due
care and attention it
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PATIENT OPEN DAY COMING SOON!!!
Keep an eye on our website: www.realsleep.co.uk for further details
Our Patient Open Day will be held early next year at the
Centre for Healthy Sleep in Abingdon
Come along to:
Have a Free mask fitting (appointments essential)
Seek advice and support from our friendly, knowledgeable team
Drop-in, browse and buy
Plus, there will be some fantastic special offers available on the day!
Ah, winter. The cold air makes your nose
run and the dry air makes you cough. And when you use your CPAP it all seems
worse – your nose struggles to heat and
moisturise the air, leaving you with a
blocked or runny nose and a dry and sore throat. But there is a solution: heated
Heated humidification can either prevent or even reverse these
symptoms and clinical studies show that it
leads to a significant increase in CPAP
usage over the winter months in particular.
Perhaps you’ve tried a humidifier and experienced rainout? It’s true, particularly
during the colder winter nights,
condensation can form in the tube and mask (commonly called rainout) which can lead to gurgling noises, pressure fluctuations and discomfort.
To avoid this, some people tuck their
tubing under their bed covers, others turn down the humidity setting and keep their CPAP on the floor to allow condensation to
Suffer no longer!
The new H5i humidifier and Climate Line
tubing, the most advanced CPAP tubing to
be developed, combine to deliver market
leading humidification performance with the
guarantee of no rainout. You control the
temperature, just as you do in your car, your
home, your office, and the system delivers
constant humidity with no gurgles or
splashes. It really is so simple to use!
So, this winter, don’t let your CPAP give you a
runny nose or dry throat. Treat yourself to
the most comfortable humidification system
on the market and enjoy good quality sleep
with your CPAP all night.
*H5i compatible with S9 series only.
|We are delighted to offer our H5i including Climate Line
at a special price of £100 (normally £147.25).
offering £20 off any of our new FX masks.
online at http://shop.realsleep.co.uk/ or
call us free
on 0800 9177071.
Offers available until 30th November 2011*
*Prices exclude carriage charges and cannot be used in
conjunction with any other discount. Please see our
website www.realsleep.co.uk for more information.
Are you evangelical about how CPAP treatment has changed your life?
Would you like to help raise awareness of OSA & RealSleep?
Have you got an interesting story to tell?
RealSleep never tire of hearing stories relating to how CPAP has transformed the lives of our members. Currently less than 5% of people
who have sleep apnoea have been diagnosed
and are on treatment. We aim to change a
rather shocking statistic – you can help!
We are looking for patients where CPAP has
changed their lives, with an interesting story to
tell. Perhaps you struggled to get a diagnosis?
Are you a Trucker or in a job that requires
vigilance? Have you ever fallen asleep at an inconvenient or embarrassing time? What
were the consequences to you, your family or
employer of your untreated sleep apnoea?
However, we especially want to hear from you
if you are willing to share your story for future PR campaigns such as newspaper & magazine
articles, TV or radio.
You decide where you’d like to get involved,
but it is essential that you are prepared to have
your photo taken.
Feedback from females, young males, and even your partner are especially useful.
If you are interested in helping us with future PR campaigns –please email us at email@example.com or call us on 0800
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