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1. WO2010078144 - RESPIRATORY MASK

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What is claimed is:

1. A respiratory mask, comprising: a mask frame; a cushion; and a retaining element embedded within the cushion and adapted to be releasably secured to the mask frame.

2. The respiratory mask of claim 1 wherein the retaining element is formed of a first material and the cushion is formed of a second material, the first material being more rigid than the second material.

3. The respiratory mask of claim 1 wherein the mask frame defines a groove and wherein the cushion and retaining element are disposed within the groove such that the cushion is exteriorly exposed to the groove.

4. The respiratory mask of claim 1 wherein the retaining element includes a plurality of tabs positioned within corresponding tab receiving portions of the mask frame.

5. The respiratory mask of claim 4 wherein the plurality of tabs each extend through the cushion.

6. The respiratory mask of claim 1 wherein the mask frame further includes a bridge that includes first and second slots that engage first and second foreheads pads, each of the first and second forehead pads adapted to be positioned with respect to the mask frame independent of the other forehead pad.

7. The respiratory mask of claim 6 wherein the first and second forehead pads each include a bellows section defining grooves for selective positioning in the first and second slots.

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8. The respiratory mask of claim 7 wherein each bellows region defines an air channel at a tip end of the bellows region.

9. The respiratory mask of claim 1 wherein the cushion includes a plurality of overlapping layers.

10. A method of assembling a respiratory mask, comprising: providing a mask frame; forming a cushion assembly including a cushion and a retaining element embedded within the cushion; and securing the cushion assembly to the mask frame using the retaining element.

11. The method of claim 10 wherein the retaining ring is formed of a first material and the cushion is formed of a second material, the first material being more rigid than the second material.

12. The method of claim 10 and further comprising: providing a tab receiving portion on the mask frame having a first side and a second side; providing a tab extending from the retaining element through the cushion; positioning the tab in the tab receiving portion such that the tab contacts the first side of the tab receiving portion and the cushion contacts the second side of the tab receiving portion.

13. The method of claim 12 and further comprising: providing an annular, u-shaped groove in the mask frame; and positioning the cushion assembly in the groove such that the cushion contacts the groove.

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14. The method of claim 10 and further comprising: providing first and second grooved slots in the mask frame; and providing first and second forehead pads in the first and second slots, respectively, wherein the first and second pads are adjustable with respect to each other and the mask frame.

15. The method of claim 14 wherein the first and second forehead pads each include a bellows region defining grooves for selective positioning in the first and second slots.

16. The method of claim 15 and further comprising: forming an air channel in a tip end of each bellows region.

17. The method of claim 10 and further comprising: forming a plurality of overlapping layers in the cushion.

18. A respiratory mask for use in delivering gas flow to a patient received from a respiratory therapy system, comprising: a mask frame defining a mask shell forming an opening to receive the gas flow and a bridge portion extending from the mask shell and defining first and second slots; a cushion assembly including a cushion and a retaining element embedded in the cushion, the retaining element including tabs to secure the cushion to the mask shell; and first and second forehead pads positioned in the first and second slots of the bridge portion, the first and second forehead pads being independently adjustable with respect to one another and with respect to the mask frame.

19. The respiratory mask of claim 18 wherein the first and second forehead pads each include a pad region and a tapered bellows region, the tapered bellows region defining an air channel at a tip end of the bellows region.

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20. The respiratory mask of claim 18 wherein the mask frame defines an annular groove and a plurality of tab receiving portions and wherein the cushion assembly is inserted into the groove such that the tabs engage the tab receiving portions.