Philips Respironics, a unit of Royal Philips, has introduced a new gel pillows mask called Nuance, which is designed to comfortably seal at the opening of the nose and help improve therapy options for sleep apnoea patients, clinicians and home care providers.

The Nuance’s lightweight, open style headgear and soft fabric frame provide sense of freedom and independence.

Nuance and Nuance Pro gel nasal pillows are reportedly the first of a kind in nasal pillow masks available in the market.

According to the company, the Nuance has the greater comfort and seal of gel pillows, fits many different size nostrils and offers choice of a fabric or gel frame.

Nuance’s remarkable nasal pillows are infused with a ring of soft, flexible gel that rests on the outside of the nostrils to create a secure seal without pressure or with fewer red marks.

The Nuance Pro frame is made of flexible clear silicone and reduces the need for re-adjustment, and provides high-performance. It includes gel padded frame to hold the mask in place during sleep.

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In addition, the new gel pillows conform to different size nostrils for ease in fitting and replacement parts.

"It is part of our comprehensive portfolio of masks and services designed to address some of the challenges facing homecare providers today."

Philips Home Healthcare Solutions Sleep and Respiratory Care senior vice-president John Frank said with: "It is part of our comprehensive portfolio of masks and services designed to address some of the challenges facing homecare providers today."

According to the company, all patients rated Nuance higher than the leading pillows mask in key compliance areas in preference studies.

Compared with other leading pillows masks available in the market, the gel technology also helps reduce nostril irritation.

"We are working toward solutions that can lead to healthier patients, healthier practices and healthier businesses. Nuance is a prime example of our work in action," Frank added.

According to GlobalData estimates, the airway management market in the US was valued at $283.6m in 2012 is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.8% to reach $367.8m by 2019.

Image: Patients rated Nuance gel pillows platform easier to assemble, disassemble and use than the leading pillows mask. Photo: courtesy of Philips Respironics.