Anesthesia professionals have unique expertise in administering anesthesia, sedation, and airway management. It is the perfect professional setting to witness and treat sleep-induced or anesthesia-induced sleep disordered breathing such as OSA for multiple patients each day. Anesthesia and pain medications amplify the risks of OSA in the perioperative setting and anesthesia professionals are well aware of these risks and manage patients appropriately to mitigate these risks.
I was alarmed at the majority of my adult patients who suffered from undiagnosed OSA and also the majority of OSA patients who are noncompliant with the current available therapies for OSA. I knew there were severe health consequences for untreated OSA across nearly all aspects of human health, including dangerous cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Most patients with OSA don't even realize they have it or realize how serious a problem it is.
And for patients who have been diagnosed with OSA, those compliant with treatments for OSA were the rare exception rather than the rule. I knew something had to be done and quickly, as OSA has quickly become one of the most common chronic medical conditions with severe consequences. I drew on my experience in anesthesia and airway management to develop a new approach to OSA treatment. FreePAP was my invention and hopefully will be able to help patients across the world in treating their OSA.
Phinarak Hao, Founder and CEO
Master's of Health Science (MHSc.)
Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA)
Phinarak Hao, MHSc., CAA is a highly experienced medical professional having practiced as an Anesthesiologist Assistant in the Anesthesia Care Team model for over 14 years. He received his Master's Degree in Health Science with a Certification as an Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.