Humidifier with removable water tank

  • US 8,006,691 B2
  • Filed: 06/21/2004
  • Issued: 08/30/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/20/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. Apparatus for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, comprising:

  • a continuous positive airway pressure device; and

    a humidifier including;

    a humidifier base, a humidifier lid movable between closed and open positions while connected to the humidifier base, a removable humidifier tank having a tank lid including an outlet, said humidifier lid being adapted to seal around the outlet of the tank lid when the humidifier lid is in the closed position, anda humidifier heater plate;

    the continuous positive airway pressure device and the humidifier are releasably connected by a latch;

    the humidifier lid includes an air delivery portion adapted to mate with an air delivery tube;

    the humidifier lid and the humidifier base are connected by a hinge adapted to allow the humidifier lid to rotate between the closed position and an open position;

    the humidifier lid and the humidifier base include a locking mechanism adapted to releasably hold the humidifier lid in the closed position;

    the humidifier base is adapted to receive the humidifier tank when the humidifier lid is in an open position and to locate the humidifier tank in heat transfer communication with the humidifier heater plate, and to establish a sealed gas flow path between the continuous positive airway pressure device, and the air delivery portion of the humidifier lid when the humidifier lid is in the closed position.

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