COVID-19 UpdateAs the situation surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to develop, Watermark Medical’s focus on the health and safety of our staff, partners, customers and patients is our top priority. We are closely monitoring guidance from the CDC and other public health organizations and taking appropriate action to ensure we continue to provide uninterrupted technical support, as well as maintain clinical and diagnostic services for our home sleep testing clients. While most of our technical and clinical staff are working remotely, we currently maintain shipping/receiving and quality assurance services from our office to manage device maintenance and repair requirements.
A few questions regarding the coronavirus outbreak have been specifically asked about the cleaning processes of the ARES device. Our cleaning procedure (when followed as described in the ARES Product Guide) has been validated and meets agency guidelines to mitigate the transfer risk of bacteria and viruses. For our customers safety, the ARES User Guide intended to be given or reviewed with each patient, includes instructions for the patient to place the device back in the plastic bag to return to the issuing facility. Once cleaned, storing the ARES device in a new resealable plastic bag will help ensure that the ARES remains clean and ready for the next patient use. Those who clean the devices after patient use can limit their chance of exposure by proper use of gloves and frequent washing of their hands. We are monitoring guidelines from CDC and other regulatory agencies and will adjust our procedure if their recommendations change.
Our revolutionary ARES™ Home Test is a convenient alternative to traditional in-lab sleep testing. This system is accessible, easy to use, and accurate, making it ideal for cardiovascular and respiratory patients at risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Sleep plays a crucial role in the healing process of the heart and blood vessels. This is most apparent when we consider the connection between sleep deficiencies and the increased risk of developing heart disease, respiratory, and dangerous metabolic disorders in the millions of patients with sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is present in:
38% of patients with Hypertension
48% of patients with Atrial Fibrillation
54% of patients with Obesity
55% of patients with Heart Failure
58% of patients with Diabetes
78% of patients with both Diabetes and Obesity
Understanding the connection between OSA and its comorbidities makes it clear – healthier sleep means healthier patients.
The connection between sleep apnea and cardiovascular health is undeniable. When a patient stops breathing in the middle of their sleep cycle, the body responds by releasing stress hormones. The more breathing interruptions, the more adrenaline is released into the system, keeping heart rates high and increasing blood pressure. Over a lifetime, this pattern can cause significant harm to the heart and the patient’s overall health.
The strains caused by sleep apnea don’t stop at the heart. OSA is fundamentally both a sleep and a breathing disorder. In fact, about 20% of sleep apnea sufferers will develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary hypertension.
Watermark Medical provides a comprehensive sleep apnea diagnostic solution to healthcare practitioners. This means an easy and efficient diagnosis of patients with obstructive sleep apnea, which means:
Elimination of laboratory backlog
Lower fallout rates
We provide a clinically validated screening questionnaire and, if needed, access to a vast network of sleep physicians to expedite and facilitate OSA diagnosis.
Our sleep diagnostic systems are designed to be easily integrated into any healthcare facility or specialization. ARES™ is revolutionizing the approach to sleep testing with more accurate results, enhanced adherence, and more efficient diagnostics. Once you connect with Watermark, you’ll gain access to our user-friendly workflows and vast network of sleep health experts.
Watermark Medical has a long history of working with hospitals and clinicians to improve patient care and reduce costs. Here’s what we can do for you:
The Watermark Medical HST solution can be easily integrated as a compliment to your busy lab schedule, providing a solution that prevents scheduling backlog and is an attractive alternative for hesitant patients.
Screening for sleep apnea can reveal other severe conditions that often go undetected, allowing for earlier treatment and better outcomes for high-risk patients.
Our streamlined workflow minimizes the burden on physicians and clinicians while improving care management.
Browse our peer-reviewed publications authored by our researchers who are advancing the understanding of sleep disorders. For over a decade, hospitals, clinics, and other industry leaders have enlisted us as research partners.
A licensed sleep technician reviews every ARES™ test within our secure cloud-based portal. Upon request, one of our Board-Certified Sleep Physicians can provide an interpreted report.
We don’t just offer the most advanced home sleep diagnostic system on the market; we also connect healthcare providers with a vast network of board-certified sleep physicians. Community, collaboration, and a commitment to patients and medical professionals are what make Watermark Medical an industry leader in sleep diagnostics.