UPODS announces the distribution of our press release "Medical Device Distributors Add Uni-flo2 Single-Nasal Cannula System to Product Portfolios: Patient Demand Grows for Comfortable, Safer, Less Visible Cannula" on May 10, 2018. Access the press release at the link above.
UPODS releases an upgraded Website – Easy to Use! When users visit the revamped website, launched May 7, 2018, they will find a new design that simplifies the process of ordering, getting clinical support, and viewing instructions for use. It also features a short video where viewers can access testimonials and learn more about our products via an enhanced FAQ section. The new website is an opportunity to fully examine the attributes of the Uni-flo2 Nasal Cannulas which are designed with patient dignity, comfort and safety in mind.
UPODS Uni-flo2 Nasal Cannulas have been assigned HCPCS Coding. UPODS has received approval and assignment of the following HCPCS Codes for the Uni-flo2 Nasal Cannulas for DME Billing: PS-1004, PS-1007 HCPCS Code A4615.
UPODS is pleased to announce that it has been issued a second patent on its unique new Uni-flo2 nasal cannula. UPODS holds US Patent No. 9,440,039 issued September 13, 2016 and the additional Patent No. 9,925,348 was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office on March 27, 2018. Among other features recognized as unique and inventive by the USPTO, this second patent has a size ratio so that pediatric sized cannulas are also covered.
Summary data from a 121 patient study was presented in poster presentation titled,
A COMPARISON OF PULSE OXIMETRY VALUES IN OXYGEN DEPENDENT PATIENT(S), WITH SATISFACTION RATINGS OF DUAL PRONG VS SINGLE PRONG ADULT LOW FLOW NASAL CANNULA(S).
The study looked at the satisfaction and dissatisfaction rates of the single vs. dual prong cannulas, with a likely hood of conversion within a 121 patient population. Comparative POX readings across 1-6 LPM were also observed. The study found that the single cannula devices provided higher statistically significant POX readings when compared to dual prong POX readings across flow rate categories within a defined patient population and across both continuous and pulse delivery type devices.
The new Uni-flo2, single prong oxygen-delivery system is designed to replace the old dual-prong cannula that was introduced back in 1949. Dr. Payton had observed and heard his patients’ problems, then undertook a completely new approach to an apparatus that had become sub-standard medical equipment since its introduction over 60 years ago.
The new Uni-flo2 device is a single-prong nasal cannula that offers a simpler and more reliable performance over the dual prong device currently in use worldwide.
Dual nasal cannulas are used to deliver supplemental low flow oxygen to people in need of respiratory help. Frequently patients using the dual prong devices experience:
- irritation of interior nostrils
- sore and irritated upper lips
- sores around ears
- constriction around neck
- displacement of dual prongs from nostrils
- self-consciousness while wearing dual prong devices (especially in public)
- removal of device when eating
- use of protective pads to reduce skin irritation
The old design rests its plastic bulk on the upper lip, has two plastic tubes that run across the cheeks, which tugs the ears, all noosed in front, under tension that leads to much discomfort to patients.
The new Uni-flo2 cannula addresses all of these noted issues and takes those pressures and discomforts away. The single prong Uni-flo2 has a miniaturized double-channel tube that incorporates a memory stabilization system that allows adjustment to all facial contours while lifting the single tube off the skin. The Uni-flo2 cannula incorporates a soft-plus custom designed nasal cavity component (NCC) made of special materials and shapes that insure optimal patient comfort. The NCC as well provides, through one nostril, a near top of main airway delivery, which ensures proper oxygen supply while helping to reduce retrograde flow loss. This single-NCC is interchangeable to either nostril, is non-DEHP construction and does not contain any natural rubber latex, which all reduce patient DEHP exposure while improving patient comfort. The design incorporates multiple strain-relief points to insure continuous gas flow. The Uni-flo2 cannula is half the weight of the dual prong devices and wraps behind the neck hiding the tubing. Patients find it cosmetically appealing. Care-providers believe that through the Uni-flo2 human factors designs and simplicity of use, they will experience increased compliance.
The Uni-flo2 cannula is a superior design that strives to advance patient care, while focusing on caregiver efficiency. With its superior design and construction, the selection of ultra-smooth materials and a complete human factors cutting edge approach to design, we believe we can now provide uninterrupted flow of oxygen in a dignified way to the patients we serve.