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Device for Treating Sleep Disordered Breathing: Inspire Medical Systems Patent

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Inspire Medical Systems, Cardiac activity monitoring wearables was a key innovation area identified from patents. Inspire Medical Systems‘s grant share as of January 2024 was 41%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Device for treating obstructive sleep disordered breathing with nerve stimulation

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Inspire Medical Systems Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11850424B2) discloses a device designed to treat obstructive sleep disordered breathing by stimulating the hypoglossal nerve. The device operates on a first stimulation therapy protocol that involves alternating periods of stimulation and non-stimulation, with the timing of stimulation periods based on a reference respiration-related parameter rather than a sensing element. Each stimulation period is longer than the non-stimulation period and consists of continuous pulsed stimulation. The device aims to deliver multiple stimulation periods within the duration of an inspiratory phase of a reference breathing pattern, with the combined duration of stimulation and non-stimulation periods being less than 30 percent of the reference breathing pattern.

Furthermore, the patented device includes means for stimulating the hypoglossal nerve through an implantable electrode and/or an implantable pulse generator. The device’s unique approach to timing stimulation without the need for synchronization to respiratory information sets it apart. By focusing on reference respiration-related parameters and delivering stimulation periods within specific durations relative to a reference breath, the device offers a novel method for treating obstructive sleep disordered breathing. The incorporation of historical patient-specific reference breathing patterns or multiple patient reference breathing patterns adds a personalized touch to the treatment, potentially enhancing its effectiveness in addressing this medical condition.

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