The Devilbiss SleepCube CPAP: Competition for Market Leaders ResMed and Respironics

Published: 20th January 2011
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History of Devilbiss Healthcare

DeVilbiss Healthcare is a global manufacturer and distributor of respiratory therapy products. The origins of the company date back to 1888 when Dr Allen DeVilbiss from Toledo, Ohio developed the first atomiser - a method of applying medication to the throat with minimum discomfort to the patient. This and many other of his earlier inventions are still part of the Devilbiss product portfolio today. DeVilbiss Healthcare has established a reputation for excellence in the respiratory devices market, both for the products themselves and also the high quality after sales service. Devilbiss continues to develop highly reliable, innovative and quality products for the sleep therapy market including a complete line of CPAP machines and CPAP masks.

The SleepCube CPAP Machine Series

DeVilbiss Healthcare’s new line of CPAP machines offers CPAP patients a full array of sleep therapy choices including the SleepCube Standard (fixed pressure) CPAP, SleepCube Auto, SleepCube BiLevel S and SleepCube BiLevel ST models.

The SleepCube Standard is the initial entry point in the CPAP machine series. The SleepCube Standard is a fixed pressure CPAP machine which offers CPAP patients an excellent option for a basic sleep therapy device. A fixed pressure machine works best on CPAP patients who have, over time, had a stable CPAP inhalation pressure. The SleepCube does offer CPAP patients on the bottom range of the pressure spectrum a setting of 3cm. The attractiveness of the SleepCube has much to do with its footprint. With the heated humidifier attached on the bottom, the SleepCube has the smallest surface area of any CPAP machine on the market. It also is one of the quietest CPAP’s on the market at only 26dBA. Because there is no advanced technology in the SleepCube Standard CPAP, the price point is quite attractive. The Standard Plus offers CPAP patients Smartflex Technology which reduces the pressure when the patient is exhaling to aide patient comfort.  SmartFlex has three settings and each setting reduces the CPAP pressure by 1cm H2O during exhalation.  Overall, the SleepCube CPAP machine provides CPAP patients an excellent value in the standard CPAP category.

With the increase in popularity of Auto CPAP machines, the SleepCube Auto CPAP is an auto adjusting CPAP device with SmartFlex expiratory relief comfort feature. It has all the advantages of the SleepCube plus a unique auto-adjusting algorithm that adjusts its pressure in response to apnoeas, hypopnoeas and snoring, finding the optimum pressure settings throughout the night. This is particularly important for people whose pressures vary throughout the night. For example, as a person moves from their side to their back, the level of inhalatory pressure necessary to maintain a comfortable sleep tends to rise. The auto CPAP would sense the shift in pressure needed and increase it to the appropriate level. Because the look of the machine is the same, the Auto CPAP machine’s footprint with the heated humidifier remains the smallest on the market. The SmartCode data compliance which encodes usage data into a series of letters and numbers can be easily decrypted using free software.

The Final Word

Overall, the new Devilbiss SleepCube CPAP machine series is a technically advanced product line known for its exceptionally quiet operation, reliability, small size and ease of use. Since the CPAP machines tend not to have all of the highly advanced bells and whistles of the more well known manufacturers – Resmed and Respironics - they tend to come at a slightly lower price point. Of course, every CPAP patient must consult with their doctor or health care provider. But the Devilbiss SleepCube CPAP machine gives many CPAP patients exactly what they are looking for; reliability, comfort, small size (10.8 x 16.5 x 17.8cm) and weight (1.2 lbs), travel friendly and an excellent value.

Chris Vasta operates The CPAP Shop, a leading retailer of CPAP equipment, located in New Jersey. He understands the importance of education about CPAP accessories so that sleep apnea sufferers will continue to use their CPAP equipment and increase their quality of life. Learn more about Devilbiss SleepCube CPAP machine by visiting us online!

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