Manufacturers keep updating mask designs and new products enter the market on an ongoing basis. At first glance full face masks may not seem to differ much between companies but experienced users will often discover noteworthy differences when taking a closer look. For example, one mask will fit under the lip while a different model is supposed to be worn underneath the chin. Yet another model may wrap around the forehead while another is very close to the eyes. There are just as many different ways to connect the headgear: one interface may fasten via buckle clips and yet another uses plastic hooks. The list goes on.
However, some users may not have the dexterity to line up clips or press hard enough to lock mechanisms into place. For the therapy to work it is crucial to wear the mask interface properly. Often users may have to rely on family members or caregivers to avoid frustration.
One design that offers an interesting new alternative for users to attach the mask has been developed by Resmed: the AirFit model. This model uses magnetic clips which allows the pieces of the mask to close up by simply manoeuvering these clips close to one another. This design is very easy to use and offers more independence.
Sores on the bridge of the nose happen frequently to users. There can be a variety of reasons for those sores to develop: over tightening of the mask; a poor fit; using the Bipap machine for many hours; etc.
Respironics’ Amara View interface offers a unique fit that does not sit on the bridge of the nose. It is smaller than a traditional full face mask yet seals the nose and the mouth. This mask sits under the nose so the width, length, and shape of the nose is the main factor if the mask is going to seal properly. Like with any mask this model isn’t for everybody. But for people who are happy with this mask, the Amara View interface provides an alternative fit from the traditional styles.
It is important to remember that having an appropriate and comfortable interface is key for a successful therapy. Please contact a PROP therapist for any questions.