The new Eco Oxygen Mask from Intersurgical is the first new thing in oxygen delivery masks in like, forever. It has a great form-fitting contoured mask seal. The self-sealing flange design provides a time-tested and proven airtight seal. I remember resuscitation masks using similar designs very successfully.
Intersurgical’s manufacturing technology combines two (non-PVC) materials in the same mask. The
material forming the body of the mask is clear and rigid enough to maintain the mask’s shape. A second, softer material is used in the manufacture of the seal. The end result is a much better mask with a reduced environmental impact.
Instead of all your oxygen going out into the patient compartment, it goes into the patient. Now that’s a great idea. The added benefit is the improved respiratory monitoring. You can see the bag-reservoir cycling. With each inspiration, the patient inhales the oxygen from the reservoir causing it to quickly collapse with each breath. This makes it virtually impossible to notice a change in respiration unless you left the patient in the back end by themselves. Often with a standard vinyl NRBM, you can barely see the reservoir move.
We finally have a better mousetrap. The Eco Mask will likely deliver higher concentrations to patients who need oxygen desperately. While CPAP continues to be the definitive therapy for profound hypoxia, it makes me wonder about something. I wonder if a big part of what makes CPAP so beneficial is that it delivers oxygen using a better mask that makes a better seal.