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.
The Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES™) is a leading FDA cleared medical device used to diagnose patients with obstructive sleep apnea in the comfort of their homes. Because ARES enables patients to undergo testing outside of a clinical environment, we enjoy a higher success and patient satisfaction rate than traditional testing methods.
Watermark Medical offers a comprehensive screening questionnaire to determine which patients may be at risk for OSA and qualify for our ARES™ home sleep testing solution. The ARES home sleep test is not approved for children under 16 years of age.
The ARES device has been validated against traditional in-lab polysomnography testing methods in six publications and featured in over fifteen peer-reviewed articles, proving to be highly effective. ARES measures nine channels of data that help determine the presence and severity of obstructive sleep apnea - Airflow, Snoring, Pulse Oximetry, Heart Rate, EEG, EOG, EMG, Head Position, and Head Movement.
What sets Watermark Medical apart from other sleep test providers is our broad network of medical professionals, including a national network of qualified sleep physicians. After the sleep study is completed, a board-certified sleep physician will interpret the test results and provide a summary report including a patient diagnosis and recommended treatment options, if applicable.
Medicare and commercial insurance do reimburse for the ARES home sleep test. Because insurance coverage varies from patient to patient, we always recommend checking with your insurance provider.
Watermark Medical offers specialized training to use the ARES device. We will contact your office to set up training. We proudly offer a strong support team and field representatives as resources for you and your staff.