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ResMed Swift LT Mask

My ResMed Swift LT mask (aka a “nasal pillows system”) cost me AU$289, but the US price is around US$121. That makes mine more than twice the US price (mental note for next US trip to buy one there). ResMed is an Australian company with global offices; the mask package is “made” in Singapore but the bag, pillows and tube retainer are made in China. Even with our 10% GST, this kind of pricing is not surprising to Australians.

As a recently diagnosed sufferer of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), I need to use a breathing aid to ensure that I don’t have too many apneas in my sleep and cause some lasting damage.

RedMed Swift LT

Such masks plug into a hose that is supplied with the breathing aid. They need to be washed with a mild detergent every day.

In Use

A nasal pillows system is the only kind that I was comfortable with back in the sleep clinic. More accurately, it was the least uncomfortable of the three kinds available – full face, nose, and nasal pillows. Perhaps today I might be more willing to try the other kinds, but not at such prices. The image doesn’t show it, but the hose actually goes vertically past the nose, forehead and is clipped to the headband at the top of the skull.

Back to the Swift LT, I used the Medium size pillow for the past two months that I have owned it (including the trial period when I tried two brands of sleep pumps), but by the morning the pillow was sometimes inside my nostrils, making them sore.

Sometimes, my oily skin caused the pillows to slide a little, causing air to escape and wake me up. This shouldn’t be a function of the pump in use, but I found that I had the least leakage with the Respironics System One.

For the last two nights I have gone to the Large pillow size, which hasn’t led to a sore nose. It might be the best size for me. My conclusion is that I find this mask comfortable and I hardly notice that it is on when I am in bed.

Ash Nallawalla

Ash Nallawalla reviews products for many publications, notably PC Update. He writes a monthly column for APC Magazine, the largest consumer printed PC magazine in Australia.