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18 Year CPAP Dieing. Is Data Recording Needed?
RE: 18 Year CPAP Dieing. Is Data Recording Needed?
It is not something you need on a day to day basis. My first machine - it may have had it but I never pulled any data and did just fine. Now I may look at data if I am having a problem or want to make a change. For most folks out there a feature like DeVillbiss' SmartCode would be sufficient 99% of the time, I'm guessing. Some folks like to look at data daily and that makes them feel good. For those, yeah, reporting is important.

Spend a little extra and get a data-capable auto machine. It will provide the most flexibility.

Oh, and I'm happy. I found today that Dallas' fabled AOR station from the late 70s through the 80s - KZEW - is back on the air!! Well on the internet air at least.

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RE: 18 Year CPAP Dieing. Is Data Recording Needed?
Well, alrighty then... Apparently I need to join the 21st century! Almost 20 years ago, my entire sleep study from Kaiser consisted of one of those "Pulse Ox" things clamped to the end of my finger at home for one night. I guess it recorded the amount of oxygen in my blood and they prescribed the device based on that information. After reading a number of posts, its looking like I may want to push for a more in depth sleep study! I want to thank all those folks that took the time to respond to my post. One last question. Does one small travel CPAP that runs on both 110v and 12v stand above the rest as far as bang for the buck? I currently have 2 CPAP's but both are huge and a pain to haul around. In addition, from the looks of things, both of them are no longer made. One is a Devilbiss and the other is a Res Med. Both are old as dirt . (Almost 20 years) I clearly need to get with the program. Thanks again...
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RE: 18 Year CPAP Dieing. Is Data Recording Needed?
If you are looking for a machine that runs on native 12V DC without further adapter, you are going to want to look at the Phillips Respironics line or the DeVillbiss Intellipap (version 1 is great in this regard, I don't know much about version 2). The Phillips Respironics Series 60 (model 560 is the data capable auto machine) is still a great machine even though PR has a newer model out. It looks prettier, but I don't know what else it does that the PR 60 series won't. Mine runs all the time off of 12 V power supply - either that or a 12 V battery if the power fails. If you hook up a 12 V battery to the DeVillbiss and the main cord, it will switch back and forth without any outside appliance.

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RE: 18 Year CPAP Dieing. Is Data Recording Needed?
The travel CPAPs cost more, don't include heated humidifier or heated hose, and are generally louder. The easiest machines to run on native 12 volt power are the Philips Respiraonics Dreamstation Auto and System One 60 Series Auto (discontinued). Resmed machines are all 24 volt and require a $75 proprietary voltage up-converter in addition to any batteries.
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