Today, Fisher and Paykel is a company known for its respiratory and healthcare devices, but back in 1934, when the company began, they imported refrigerators, washing machines and radios. In the 1960’s, F&P, as it is now known, looked for a way to create a business that would benefit from their growing manufacturing and electronics experience. The first medical product they created was a respiratory humidifier, developed in New Zealand for patients who were in intensive care situations in the hospital.
Over time, the business developed and more medical devices went into production. Today, F&P offers equipment not only for hospital use, in their respiratory humidifiers and surgical respiration products, but also a wide array of machines and accessories for the treatment of sleep apnea. The company is broken down into two main business areas, and their products are sold in over 120 countries worldwide.
Fisher and Paykel developed numerous CPAP machines and accessories incorporating their humidification technology to improve not only the comfort of the patient using the machine, but also their compliance. When first beginning CPAP therapy, CPAP treatment can be especially difficult to become accustomed to so F&P came up with the idea to heat and humidify the air that the patient breathes from the machine. This improves the condition of the nose and throat, making them feel less dry and irritated during CPAP use. Heated humidification has since become a widely accepted part of sleep apnea treatment.
When perusing the CPAPSupplies.com website, click on Fisher and Paykel under the “Brands” tab from the home page. From there, you can shop all things Fisher & Paykel. The first thing you will notice about the CPAP machines they offer is the unique style. F&P machines are sleek, small and compact. They are referred to as the Icon Nove and the Icon Premo for example.
CPAPSupplies.com also offers everything you could need to accompany your CPAP machine, from masks to humidifiers to tubing and filters. The difference between other manufacturers and F&P is the company’s focus on compliance. They know it can be hard to become accustomed to CPAP therapy and they aim for comfort.
In the vast and ever changing world of medical technology, even in the small area of sleep apnea and respiratory treatment, every development that makes treatment easier takes the patient a long way. Fisher and Paykel is one of the leading companies in the world of respiratory therapy, and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of their developments slowing down.