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1. (WO2019063656) INFLATABLE CONDUIT AND HEADGEAR INCLUDING SAME
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What is Claimed is:

1. A conduit (40) for conveying a flow of a gas therethrough, the conduit comprising:

an inner wall (42) having a first end (42A) and an opposite second end (42B), the inner wall disposed around, and defining a central passage (44) extending between the first end and the second end, the central passage is structured to convey the flow of the gas therethrough between the first end and the second end;

an outer wall (50) disposed about the inner wall; and

a sealed compartment (52) defined between the inner wall and the outer wall, the sealed compartment being structured to house a fixed quantity of a gas therein.

2. The conduit of claim 1, wherein the inner wall and the outer wall are formed from one or more materials which are impermeable to gas.

3. The conduit of claim 2, wherein at least one of the inner wall and the outer wall are formed from a laminate material comprising a layer of fabric material and a layer of silicone or TPE mechanically bonded to the fabric material.

4. The conduit of claim 1, wherein the sealed compartment extends completely around the inner wall.

5. The conduit of claim 1, further comprising a valve member structured to regulate passage of the gas in or out of the sealed compartment.

6. The conduit of claim 5, where the valve member is disposed between the central passage and the sealed compartment.

7. The conduit of claim 6, wherein the valve member comprises a valve which permits flow from the central passage to the sealed compartment but prevents flow from the sealed compartment to the central passage.

8. The conduit of claim 7, further comprising a second valve member disposed between the sealed compartment and an exterior of the outer wall.

9. The conduit of claim 5, where the valve member is disposed between the sealed compartment and an exterior of the outer wall.

10. A headgear for use in securing a patient interface device to the head of a patient, the headgear comprising a conduit as recited in claim 1.

1 1. A system (2) for delivering a flow of treatment gas to the airway of a patient, the system comprising:

a patient interface device (8) structured to sealingly engage about an airway of the patient; and

a conduit (40) having a first end coupled to the patient interface device and an opposite second end structured to be couple to a pressure generating device (4), the conduit comprising:

an inner wall (42) having a first end (42A) and an opposite second end (42B), the inner wall disposed around, and defining a central passage (44) extending between the first end and the second end, the central passage is structured to convey the flow of the gas therethrough between the first end and the second end;

an outer wall (50) disposed about the inner wall; and

a sealed compartment (52) defined between the inner wall and the outer wall, the sealed compartment being structured to house a fixed quantity of a gas therein.

12. A headgear (100) for use in securing a patient interface device to a head of a patient, the headgear comprising:

a top portion (102) having an inlet (108) defined therein which is structured be coupled to a conduit providing a flow of gas from a pressure generating device;

a first side arm (104) extending generally downward from a first end (104 A) at or about the top portion to an opposite second end (104B) disposed distant from the top portion, the second end is positioned and structured to be coupled to the patient interface device, the first arm comprising:

an inner wall (142) having a first end (142A) disposed at the first end of the first arm and an opposite second (142B) disposed at the second end of the first arm, the Inner wall being disposed around, and defining a central passage (144) which extends between the inlet defined in the top portion and the second end of the first side arm; and

an outer wall (150) disposed about the inner wall and coupled to the inner wall at or about the first end and at or about the second end such that a sealed compartment (152) is defined between the inner wall and the outer wall and generally between the top portion and the second end of the first side arm, wherein the top portion is positioned so as to be disposed at or about a top portion of the head of the patient when the headgear is disposed on the head of the patient,

wherein the first side arm is positioned so as to be disposed on a side of the head of the patient when headgear 100 is disposed on the head of the patient, and wherein the central passage of the first side arm is structured to convey a flow of a gas between the inlet of the top portion to a patient interface device coupled to the second end of the first arm.

13. The headgear of claim 12, wherein the inner wall of the first side arm and the outer wall of the first side arm are formed from one or more materials which are impermeable to gas.

14. The headgear of claim 13, wherein at least one of the inner wall and the outer wall of the first side arm are formed from a laminate material comprising a layer of fabric material and a layer of silicone or TPE mechanically bonded to the fabric material.