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1st night with P10 leak rate?
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Last night was my first night with the P10 nasal pillows. I see a constant leak rate...even if small. Is that normal? I am new to APAP and used the dreamwear last week and the leaks were periodic.

I used the medium pillows....wondering if I should try small or large?

I was amazed on how low the pressure remained...it's been low with the nasal mask, but not as low it was last night....and zero AHI.

Thanks for the opinions!


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#2
The leak rate looks okay to me, mine typically runs higher than that. I see others post here that have almost zero leak rates, but I have never achieved that. I am beginning to think there are leaks in the machine that are due to connection fittings etc that create sort of a baseline that I can't get lower than.

Anyway, I used to obsess over the leak rate, now I am happy if it is 12 or below.

I would try the larger pillows to see if they are more comfortable and possibly seal better. When I try my P10's occasionally, I still flip flop between the large and medium, the large is much more comfortable for me.
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Hi christinaleigh and welcome to the forum!

The ResMed machines say anything below 24 is an acceptable leak. So your leaks are fine. Not too much.
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Thank you!
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Give all sizes a try. DME said I was a small. That lasted 1 day. My favorite is the large but I am revisiting the medium.

As for the low (constant) leak. That is a mask thing. I had the same thing. Next mask started at zero. I assume the machine can detect small differences in the vent mesh.
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#6
Make sure you change the mask setting on the Airsense from nasal mask to nasal pillows . . .
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#7
Thank you. I did change the mask setting on the machine.

Last night I tried the small pillows and had more leaks. I even woke up to air blowing a few times because the pillows shifted away. Tonight I will try the large and see how that goes. The medium may be my best bet.

With my other mask (dreamwear nasal mask) I had zero leaks for several nights, so I was surprised to see the leaks with the nasal pillows because I felt sooooo much better with the nasal pillows. I guess there is an acceptable range, so I'm good....there's so much to learn!

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(10-21-2016, 07:09 AM)christinaleigh Wrote: With my other mask (dreamwear nasal mask) I had zero leaks for several nights, so I was surprised to see the leaks with the nasal pillows because I felt sooooo much better with the nasal pillows. I guess there is an acceptable range, so I'm good....there's so much to learn!

Just curious - why are you switching away from the Dreamwear since it gave you almost 0 leaks? I use it as a backup and also find lower leak rates with the Dreamwear.
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I switched because to get zero leaks, I had to adjust in the middle of the night. When I rolled side to side, the dreamwear would move/shift due to the soft silicone. I'm very active in my sleep. Due to the movements, the headgear also moved up so I would have to move it. I had to keep the Dreamwear very tight...and it wasn't comfortable.

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Stay tuned for results from the new Rio mask. Trialing it tonight. See the thread under Rio mask.
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