MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – A wearable patch developed by Somnarus can effectively detect sleep apnea, according to study results presented at the recent SLEEP 2017 annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. “Our study showed that this wearable home sleep monitor is very comfortable, easy to use and does not negatively affect sleep,” said principal investigator Maria Merchant, CEO of Somnarus Inc., in a statement. Study results showed that the total rate of clinical agreement between SomnoPatch and standard in-lab polysomnography was 87.4% According to the authors, the study results will be used in obtaining approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the skin-adhesive diagnostic patch, which weighs less than one ounce and records nasal pressure, blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate, respiratory effort, sleep time and body position. An additional home usability study found that 38 out of 39 users were successful in activating the patch and collecting at least four hours of sleep data while relying only on the instructions included with the device.
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