The benefits of Sleep-Safe anti-suffocation pillows go beyond just helping to prevent the death or injury of the person suffering from seizures.
From personal experience, we at the manufactures of Sleep Safe Anti-Suffocation Pillow know all too well that the fear of suffocation of a loved one can lead to disturbed sleep patterns, anxiety and depression, and a profound deterioration in the quality of life for the entire family.
Sometimes, there certainly is a place for electronic alarms and monitors – but these demand action by carers when activated and are expected to work with 100% certainty for 100% of the time. However, that kind of excellence is usually found only in specialised electro-medical monitoring equipment used in hospital settings.
Sleep-Safe pillows don’t require carer intervention in order to ‘work properly’ – they are designed to help prevent fatal suffocation events during sleep seizures occurring in domestic or care settings where 24-hour continuous monitoring is not entirely practical.
This means that Sleep-Safe pillows also help to reduce greatly the “carer anxiety” of sleep seizures – the fear of suffocation. This helps to put carers and patients back in control of their lives by relieving a significant cause of family stress and making management of the condition which is causing the seizures much less demanding. Not just for epilepsy, but also for the management of seizures caused by most conditions that disrupt the normal functioning of the brain. These include the ongoing effects of congenital and developmental conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder, also acquired brain injury following falls, vehicle accidents and assaults and the aftermath of meningitis, stroke and brain tumor.
"Based on these test results, Sleep-Safe pillows should be the choice for adults in circumstances where breathing ability is compromised by disability, disease state, medication or age. Sleep-Safe pillows should also be suitable for children over 3 years of age and for young adults, in particular because their lung capacity will not have matured to adult potential."
This evidence has been accepted by the UK Government’s Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency which has registered Sleep-Safe pillows as a Class I Medical Device. This means that Sleep-Safe users and carers can be confident that Sleep-Safe pillows are produced to the highest quality standards.
In an extremely rare decision, this evidence persuaded the UK Tax Authority to authorise Sleep-Safe pillows to be supplied VAT-free to eligible personal purchasers and charities. It’s almost unheard of for the Government to stop collecting a tax, which gives some idea of the quality of evidence that had to be presented in order to obtain this tax concession.
The Laboratory Test results enables health and social care professionals to confidently recommend Sleep-Safe pillows as an evidence-based solution to help prevent fatal suffocation events. Sleep-Safe pillows provide anticipatory, preventative care for people affected by seizure disorders, and can make a real difference to their lives.
Sleep-Safe pillows provide a visible demonstration to Care Inspectorates that care is being provided in a setting where risk is managed effectively, and where policies are in place to minimise adverse outcomes.
Sleep-Safe pillows are improved continually, mainly from suggestions made by users and carers who have contributed to our ongoing opinion survey.
The most recent innovations include a much smoother surface, enhanced Thru-Channelling and a large cell AeroMatrix to help maintain the `fullness’ of the pillow. All these user-led improvements mean better increased comfort and breathability – which means, of course, even greater safety.