Because 3B Medical is a manufacturer of CPAP equipment, masks, and accessories, we have a heightened level of commitment and concern for our patients. We did not feel that the safety concerns of ozone being used in the home were being adequately disclosed. Due to the lifestyles of many of our patients, we also had concerns that the two hour wait period in using CPAP equipment might be ignored and harmful ozone inhaled. The U.S. EPA published a serious warning about the use of ozone in a home environment:
«When inhaled, ozone can damage the lungs. Relatively low amounts can cause chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath and throat irritation. Ozone may also worsen chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and compromise the ability of the body to fight respiratory infections.»
For that reason, in designing the Lumin, care was taken to find the safest and fastest way to disinfect CPAP accessories. UV-C was by far the best solution.