Switching from PAP therapy to ASV can increase compliance.

SAN DIEGO (January 25, 2018)—Switching from positive airway pressure (PAP) to adaptive servo ventilation (ASV) therapy can help patients with central sleep apnea be more adherent on therapy, according to a ResMed-funded study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM).

The study analyzed anonymous, aggregated data from the devices of 198,890 telemonitored U.S. patients with treatment-emergent central sleep apnea who started on PAP therapy, and found that:

  • 62.7 percent of patients were adherent on therapy while still on PAP; and
  • 76.6 percent of patients were adherent after switching to ASV therapy (a 22 percent relative increase)

“JCSM’s publication is a significant call for clinicians to monitor sleep apnea patients for central apneas and prescribe the therapy that best fits their needs,” said Carlos M. Nunez, M.D., ResMed’s Chief Medical Officer.

The study was first presented in April 2017 at the Sleep and Breathing Conference in Marseilles, France. Read the study here.

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