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1. WO2004056409 - SYSTEME ET PROCEDE DE SELECTION DE DISPOSITIF OU DE COMPOSANT D'INTERFACE DE PATIENT

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What is Claimed is:

1. A method of selecting a patient interface device or at least one component thereof comprising:
storing, on a database (36), a plurality of sets of data (50, 50', 50"), wherein each set of data in the plurality of sets of data is associated with a unique patient interface device (52, 54, 56);
acquiring patient data corresponding to at least one characteristic of a patient;
comparing the patient data with the plurality of sets of data; and
determining the patient interface device suitable for use by such a patient based on a result of the comparing step.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein each of the plurality of sets of data comprises data associated with a physical dimension of the unique patient interface device associated with that respective set of data, and wherein the patient data comprises data corresponding to a dimension of an anatomical feature of such a patient.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein each of the plurality of sets of data comprises data not associated with a physical dimension of the unique patient interface device associated with that respective set of data, and wherein the patient data comprises data that does not correspond to a dimension of an anatomical feature of such a patient.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein determining the patient interface device includes determining a style of the patient interface device from a plurality of different styles of patient interface devices.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein determining the patient interface device includes determining a size of the patient interface device from a plurality of differently sized patient interface devices.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein determining the patient interface device includes: (1) determining a style of patient interface device from a plurality of different styles of patient interface devices, and (2) determining a size of patient interface device from a plurality of differently sized patient interface devices associated with the determined style of patient interface device.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein acquiring the set of patient data includes measuring a distance between landmarks on such a patient's face, wherein the patient data includes the measured distance.

8. The method of claim 1 , wherein acquiring the set of patient data includes generating a three-dimensional representation of at least a portion of such a patient's face.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein acquiring a set of patient data is done at a first location, further comprising transmitting the patient data to a second location for performing the comparing step.

10. The method of claim 1, wherein determining the patient interface device suitable for use by such a patient includes determining a plurality of patient interface devices that are suitable for use by such a patient.

11. The method of claim 10, further comprising ranking the patient interface devices in the plurality of patient interface devices based on a degree of match between the patient data and the plurality of sets of data.

12. The method of claim 1, wherein the patient interface device includes an adjustable feature, and further comprising: determining a setting, based on the patient data, for the adjustable feature of the patient interface device determined in the patient interface determining step.

13. The method of claim 1, further comprising storing the patient data in the database.

14. The method of claim 13, further comprising:
entering into the database a new set of data corresponding to a new patient interface device; and
repeating the comparing and the determining step using the stored patient data and the plurality of sets of data including the new set of data.

15. A system (30) for selecting a patient interface device for a patient comprising:
a database (36) storing a plurality of sets of data (50), wherein each set of data in the plurality of sets of data is associated with a unique patient interface device (52, 54, 56);
means (32) for acquiring a set of patient data corresponding to at least one characteristic of a patient; and
processing means (34) for comparing the patient data with the plurality of sets of data, and for determining the patient interface device suitable for use by such a patient based on a result of the comparison.

16. The system of claim 15, wherein each of the plurality of sets of data comprises data associated with a physical dimension of the unique patient interface device associated with that respective set of data, and wherein the patient data comprises data corresponding to a dimension of an anatomical feature of such a patient.

17. The system of claim 15, wherein each of the plurality of sets of data comprises data not associated with a physical dimension of the unique patient interface device associated with that respective set of data, and wherein the patient data comprises data that does not correspond to a dimension of an anatomical feature of such a patient.

18. The system of claim 15, wherein the processing means determines a style of the patient interface device from a plurality of different styles of patient interface devices.

19. The system of claim 15, wherein the processing means determines a size of the patient interface device from a plurality of differently sized patient interface devices.

20. The system of claim 15, wherein the processing means determines: (1) a style of patient interface device from a plurality of different styles of patient interface devices, and (2) a size of patient interface device from a plurality of differently sized patient interface devices associated with the determined style of patient interface device.

21. The system of claim 15, wherein the means for acquiring the set of patient data is a measuring instrument adapted to measure a distance between landmarks on such a patient's face, wherein the patient data includes the measured distance.

22. The system of claim 15, wherein the means for acquiring the set of patient data includes means for generating a three-dimensional representation of at least a portion of such a patient's face.

23. The system of claim 15, wherein the means for acquiring a set of patient data is located at a first location, and further comprising means for transmitting the patient data to a second location.

24. The system of claim 15, wherein the processing means determines a plurality of patient interface devices that are suitable for use by such a patient.

25. The system of claim 24, wherein the processing means ranks the plurality of patient interface devices based on a degree of match between the patient data and the plurality of sets of data.

26. The system of claim 15, wherein the patient interface device includes an adjustable feature, and wherein the processing means determines a setting, based on the patient data, for the adjustable feature of the patient interface device determined to be suitable for such a patient.

27. The system of claim 15, further comprising means for storing the patient data in the database.

28. The system of claim 27, further comprising means for entering into the database a new set of data corresponding to a new patient interface device, and wherein the processing means compares the stored patient data and the plurality of sets of data including the new set of data to determine the patient interface device suitable for use by such a patient based on a result of the comparison.

29. A method of selecting a patient interface device or at least one component thereof for a patient comprising:
storing, on a database, a plurality of sets of data, wherein each set of data in the plurality of sets of data is associated with a unique component of a patient interface device;
acquiring patient data corresponding to at least one characteristic of a patient;
comparing the patient data with the plurality of sets of data; and
determining the component of the patient interface device suitable for use by such a patient based on a result of the comparing step.

30. The method of claim 29, wherein each of the plurality of sets of data comprises data associated with a physical dimension of the unique component of the patient interface device associated with that respective set of data, and wherein the patient data comprises data corresponding to a dimension of an anatomical feature of such a patient.

31. The method of claim 29, wherein each of the plurality of sets of data comprises data not associated with a physical dimension of the unique component of the patient interface device associated with that respective set of data, and wherein the patient data comprises data that does correspond to a dimension of an anatomical feature of such a patient.

32. The method of claim 29, wherein determining the component of the patient interface device includes determining a style of the patient interface device or the component from a plurality of different styles of patient interface devices or components.

33. The method of claim 29, wherein determining the component of the patient interface device includes determining a size of the component from a plurality of differently sized components.

34. The method of claim 29, wherein determining the component of the patient interface device includes: (1) determining a style of the component of the patient interface device from a plurality of different styles of components, and (2) determining a size of the component from a plurality of differently sized components associated with the determined style of component.

35. The method of claim 29, wherein acquiring the set of patient data includes measuring a distance between landmarks on such a patient's face, wherein the patient data includes the measured distance.

36. The method of claim 29, wherein acquiring the set of patient data includes generating a three-dimensional representation of at least a portion of such a patient's face.

37. The method of claim 29, wherein acquiring a set of patient data is done at a first location, further comprising transmitting the patient data to a second location for performing the comparing step.

38. The method of claim 29, wherein determining the component of the patient interface device suitable for use by such a patient includes determining a plurality of components of patient interface devices that are suitable for use by such a patient.

39. The method of claim 38, further comprising ranking the components of the patient interface devices in the plurality of components based on a degree of match between the patient data and the plurality of sets of data.

40. The method of claim 29, wherein the component of the patient interface device includes an adjustable feature, and further comprising: determining a setting, based on the patient data, for the adjustable feature of the component of the patient interface device determined in the patient interface determining step.

41. The method of claim 29, further comprising storing the patient data in the database.

42. The method of claim 41, further comprising:
entering into the database a new set of data corresponding to a new component of a patient interface device; and
repeating the comparing and the determining step using the stored patient data and the plurality of sets of data including the new set of data.

43. A system for selecting a patient interface device for a patient comprising:
a database storing a plurality of sets of data, wherein each set of data in the plurality of sets of data is associated with a unique component of a patient interface device;

means for acquiring a set of patient data corresponding to at least one characteristic of a patient; and
processing means for comparing the patient data with the plurality of sets of data, and for determining the component of the patient interface device suitable for use by such a patient based on a result of the comparison.

44. The system of claim 43, wherein each of the plurality of sets of data comprises data associated with a physical dimension of the unique component of the patient interface device associated with that respective set of data, and wherein the patient data comprises data corresponding to a dimension of an anatomical feature of such a patient.

45. The system of claim 43, wherein each of the plurality of sets of data comprises data not associated with a physical dimension of the unique component of the patient interface device associated with that respective set of data, and wherein the patient data comprises data that does not correspond to a dimension of an anatomical feature of such a patient.

46. The system of claim 43, wherein the processing means determines a style of the component of the patient interface device from a plurality of different styles of components.

47. The system of claim 43, wherein the processing means determines a size of the component of the patient interface device from a plurality of differently sized components.

48. The system of claim 43, wherein the processing means determines: (1) a style of component of the patient interface device from a plurality of different styles of components, and (2) a size of the component of the patient interface device from a plurality of differently sized components associated with the determined style of component.

49. The system of claim 43, wherein the means for acquiring the set of patient data is a measuring instrument adapted to measure a distance between landmarks on such a patient's face, wherein the patient data includes the measured distance.

50. The system of claim 43, wherein the means for acquiring the set of patient data includes means for generating a three-dimensional representation of at least a portion of such a patient's face.

51. The system of claim 43, wherein the means for acquiring a set of patient data is located at a first location, and further comprising means for transmitting the patient data to a second location.

52. The system of claim 43, wherein the processing means determines a plurality of components of patient interface devices that are suitable for use by such a patient.

53. The system of claim 52, wherein the processing means ranks the plurality of components of patient interface devices based on a degree of match between the patient data and the plurality of sets of data.

54. The system of claim 43, further comprising means for storing the patient data in the database.

55. The system of claim 54, further comprising means for entering into the database a new set of data corresponding to a new component of a patient interface device, and wherein the processing means compares the stored patient data and the plurality of sets of data including the new set of data to determine the component of the patient interface device suitable for use by such a patient based on a result of the comparison.

56. The system of claim 43, wherein the component of the patient interface device includes an adjustable feature, and wherein the processing means determines a setting, based on the patient data, for the adjustable feature of the component of the patient interface device determined to be suitable for such a patient.