HME Industry Q&A with Mike Schmidt
HC: Your website mentions personal experience with OSA. How so?
MS: Better Rest Solutions can truly be said to have sprung from personal experience. We didn’t search the market for a niche to exploit. There are a number of people who work here or have family members who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). I include myself in this number, along with my wife. Left unchecked sleep apnea has been linked to daytime fatigue, headaches, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and even death, so you see how concerned I was when my wife received this diagnosis. The common therapy for dealing with OSA is using a CPAP machine. My wife responded well to the therapy, but it wasn’t without its challenges, with proper cleaning being one of them. She was always pretty good about making sure she cleaned her CPAP according to the manufacturer’s directions. Despite this she still suffered from miscellaneous respiratory problems that seemed to be connected to this therapy. As far as cleaning, she was doing everything she was supposed to do, but it still didn’t seem to be enough. This left her frustrated, and that’s when the SoClean device came into development.
HC: Talk about what led to the development of the SoClean system.
MS: As I mentioned, I wasn’t alone in having OSA affect my life. Another sufferer I work with is Tim Leyva. He was experiencing the ups and downs of adjusting to CPAP therapy, too, and one of the downs was how quickly the equipment built up contaminants and how arduous it was to thoroughly sanitize it. We both thought that there had to be a better way to carry out this task, so we scoured the market in search of such an approach. It turns out, there was nothing out there that would sanitize CPAP equipment to the level that we were looking for, so we decided to make one ourselves. This was something of a departure for us, but we were strongly motivated to come up with an answer. After much research and trial and error, we began to assemble prototypes that showed promise. We finally arrived at the SoClean as it appears today. This means of sanitizing CPAP equipment is like no other and it performed exactly as we hoped it would.
HC: Describe the health benefits of using the SoClean system.