The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) today announced the official launch of the new NSF Sleep Disordered Breathing Anatomical Model™. The model was designed by Meir Kryger, MD. The 3-D product helps primary care physicians and sleep specialists educate their patients easily and effectively about sleep disordered breathing and sleep apnea.
This patient education tool is a model of a human head that opens in two halves showing the anatomical differences between normal functioning and obstructed breathing. Patients can visually and physically interact with the model. It comes with its own base and an educational backdrop card showing a detailed labeled image of the anatomy. It can be placed on a doctor's desk or in the patient examination room.
"Current methods of explaining sleep apnea are still too complicated for the patient to understand. The model clearly, simply and visually demonstrates what is happening with the tongue and throat," explained Dr. Kryger. "It also helps healthcare professionals to quickly and effectively educate their patients. It's a win-win for everyone."
Visit the NSF Sleep Store for product details. All proceeds from the sale of the model go to NSF to further its educational mission.
Dr. Meir Kryger receives no compensation for this product nor does he have any financial interest in sales or other revenues related to this product. His contributions are for the sole purpose of advancing sleep disordered breathing education.
This product is not eligible for tax deduction, so purchasers are advised not to deduct this expense.
Dr. Meir Kryger was first to diagnose and report obstructive sleep apnea in North America. He was the Director of the Sleep Disorders Centre at St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre, which is the first clinical laboratory to study patients with sleep breathing problems in Canada. Recently, Dr. Kryger joined the Yale School of Medicine and the staff of Veterans Affairs Connecticut Health System. He has published over 200 research articles and book chapters. He is chief editor of Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, the most widely