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Philips Organises Conference on Sleep Apnea

Philips Respironics recently organised a conference called “wake up to sleep”. The conference was based on the current scenario and future of sleep disorders in India.

17 key opinion leaders in the field of sleep medicine were present to discuss and brainstorm on various issues related to Sleep Disorders. Some of the prominent names are as below:

  • Dr JC Suri: HOD Pulmunary critical care and sleep medicine, Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung hospital, New Delhi. Also President of Indian Sleep Disorder Association.

  • Dr Sujit Rajan, Sr Consultant, pulmonary Medicine, Bombay Hospital

  • Dr. Prashant Chhajed: Fortis and Saifee Hospital, Mumbai.

The topics that were discussed were:

  • Limited data available on prevalence of sleep disorders in India. Hence more studies and research required in the field

  • Lack of awareness among general physicians and other specialists is an issue needs to be addressed

  • Economic event of sleep apnea was discussed, citing some examples of disasters linked to sleep disorder

  • Healthcare cost containment related to early diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea

  • Long term (hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stoke, cardiac arrhythmias) and short term effects (excessive daytime sleepiness, loss of memory, lack of concentration etc) of sleep apnea

  • Local service infrastructure to be provided by manufacturers sleep diagnostics and sleep therapy equipments

  • Need to look into import of quality products like US FDA and CE Marked

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