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 ARESTM Home Sleep Testing Device makes it extremely easy to upload data, allowing our staff to have more time for patient care. It has been very profitable for our practice because the patients find it easy to use."
I have been using the ARES™ Home Sleep test device for years. I love the ARES™ and its many features. As a board-certified sleep physician, that has a sleep lab; I see the ARES™ as the closest to in-lab sleep study in regard to accuracy and validity. ARES™ has EEG and EOG features that can detect sleep time and sleep stages. Also, ARES™ oxygen measurement is most accurate and less likely to have oximeter errors as ARES™ measures it from the patient forehead. In addition, ARES™ is the easiest to use by the patients. If it comes loose, it will alert the patient to fix it, which most of the other HST devices do not, which is why we can get a more accurate study and data. For these reasons, I prefer using ARES™ devices over any other devices on the market.