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Clementine Offline

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Machine: ResMed VPap Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed AirFit P10
Humidifier: ResMed H5i--not using currently
CPAP Pressure: Auto -- 8/13.2 PS 3.2
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Began with machine on 7/7/14.

Sex: Female
Location: eastern Iowa

Post: #1
Abbreviations, software, etc... Questions
I started with my machine on Monday so I'm a newbie.

I am so grateful for this board, already. I feel like this machine might actually help me, if I can get the mask tightness resolved.

I have been reading this board the last few days as I recover from a head cold --- great timing to have a head cold, just when I'm trying to start with this lovely mask. I cannot sleep with the mask with this cold.

Anyway---
As I read through so many of these threads, I am really confused by the abbreviations. Is there a thread that explains abbreviations? I see mention often of software. I'm a Computer Idiot, so someone will have to explain all of this to me in kindergarten terms . . . what is the software, and what do I use it for?

help? Huh
(This post was last modified: 07-13-2014 04:52 PM by Clementine.)
07-13-2014 04:50 PM
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Sleepster Offline
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Machine: ResMed AirCurve10 VAuto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: HumidAir and SlimLine Hose
CPAP Pressure: MaxI 13.6 | MinE 5.2 | PS 4.4
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Diagnosed Nov 2011. Conquered aerophagia.

Sex: Male
Location: Houston, Texas

Post: #2
RE: Abbreviations, software, etc... Questions
Hi Clem, welcome to the forum. Here are a couple resources for you to look at:

Identify your machine (so you can update your profile with the correct information).
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...8#pid75378

Does your mask cover both your mouth and nose (full face mask), or
does it cover only your nose (nasal mask), or
does it fit inside your nostrils (nasal pillows mask).

Here's an article that will help with all the abbreviations:
http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php?title=Acronyms

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INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
07-13-2014 04:55 PM
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justMongo Offline

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Machine: ResMed VPAP Auto (S9)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18 IPAPmax - 11 EPAPmin, PS=5
CPAP Software: Other Software

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Location: Калифорния

Post: #3
RE: Abbreviations, software, etc... Questions
I can start you with a list of acronyms.
http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php?title=Acronyms

Sleepster was a little quicker!

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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07-13-2014 04:56 PM
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Clementine Offline

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Posts: 208
Joined: Sep 2013

Machine: ResMed VPap Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed AirFit P10
Humidifier: ResMed H5i--not using currently
CPAP Pressure: Auto -- 8/13.2 PS 3.2
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Began with machine on 7/7/14.

Sex: Female
Location: eastern Iowa

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RE: Abbreviations, software, etc... Questions
Okay, that list of acronyms is very helpful. Thanks so much!
07-13-2014 05:00 PM
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zonk Offline

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Machine: A10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Activa LT
Humidifier: Integrated /ClimateLineAir
CPAP Pressure: 9/13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

Post: #5
RE: Abbreviations, software, etc... Questions
Welcome to the forum, Clementine
Beside the software, the machine display data on the screen sleep report, all explained in the clinical manual, you can ask for it here (scroll down to 'how to ask for the manual via Email') http://www.apneaboard.com/adjust-cpap-pr...tup-manual
S9 setup http://www.apneaboard.com/resmed-s9-cpap-setup

Free Sleep Apnea Tracking Software for your computer
http://www.apneaboard.com/adjust-cpap-pr...r-computer

Beginner's Guide to SleepyHead by RobySue
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...Discussion

ResScan interpretation guide http://www.apneaboard.com/ResScan_Interpretation-Guide.pdf
S9 data management guide http://www.resmed.com/au/assets/document...ow_eng.pdf

As for the cold, full face mask is most useful at this time, you can breathe through the nose or mouth as oppose to nasal pillows where you only breathe through your nose
I prefer to turn up the humidifier with the cold (others might prefer the opposite) and nasal irrigation before bedtime
07-13-2014 05:26 PM
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Sleepster Offline
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Machine: ResMed AirCurve10 VAuto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: HumidAir and SlimLine Hose
CPAP Pressure: MaxI 13.6 | MinE 5.2 | PS 4.4
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Diagnosed Nov 2011. Conquered aerophagia.

Sex: Male
Location: Houston, Texas

Post: #6
RE: Abbreviations, software, etc... Questions
(07-13-2014 04:50 PM)Clementine Wrote:  . . . what is the software, and what do I use it for?

ResScan is the official software, it runs only on Windows machines, and you can get it here for free:

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...d=99#pid99

SleepyHead is a more user-friendly piece of software that runs on Windows machines, but also on a Mac or even Linux. It's beta software, though, which means it's still being tried out. I recommend you get that, too.

The reason for the software is it can help you evaluate the effectiveness of your therapy. Your machine will also do this but to a lesser extent. You can check by looking at the machine how well things went the night before.

Basically what we want is compliance, which means you can check how many hours you wore the mask each night. The goal is to wear the mask every time you sleep, all the time you're sleeping.

You also want to make sure your leaks are acceptable by looking for the "smiley face" on your machine each morning. But you also need to look more closely using the software on your computer.

And you also want to look at your AHI. The goal is to get it below 5.
You can check that each morning also by just pushing a button or two on the machine.

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INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
07-13-2014 06:42 PM
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Machine: PRS 1 BiPAP autoSV Advanced, with Heated Tube humidifier
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Sleepweaver Élan
Humidifier: Resperonics Heated Tube humidifier
CPAP Pressure: Max pressure 25.0 cm H20, Max
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncorePro

Other Comments: CMS 50i with Software for SpO2

Sex: Male
Location: San Marcos, CA, USA

Post: #7
RE: Abbreviations, software, etc... Questions
If you have two teens at least one should be enough of a computer nerd to help you dowload and instal both the Sleepyhead software and the Resscan software and get you to a point of modest competence.
From there you can read Robysues information and in time become an expert. At least enough to track your progress.
07-13-2014 07:05 PM
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Clementine Offline

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Posts: 208
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Machine: ResMed VPap Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed AirFit P10
Humidifier: ResMed H5i--not using currently
CPAP Pressure: Auto -- 8/13.2 PS 3.2
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Began with machine on 7/7/14.

Sex: Female
Location: eastern Iowa

Post: #8
RE: Abbreviations, software, etc... Questions
Thanks; yes, my teens could help; my computer programmer hubby could help even more . . . I will enlist his help with all of this!

Haven't seen a smiley face yet --- but I've not been able to use the mask more than 3-4 hours at a time so far.

Thanks, all, for the replies.
07-13-2014 07:11 PM
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diamaunt Offline

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Machine: S9 VPAP Auto 36006
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: mirage quattro/pilairo q
Humidifier: none
CPAP Pressure: 9-20ish
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: texas

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RE: Abbreviations, software, etc... Questions
(07-13-2014 07:11 PM)Clementine Wrote:  Haven't seen a smiley face yet --- but I've not been able to use the mask more than 3-4 hours at a time so far.

I haven't seen a smiley yet either, but I've seen a few from my friend who's got the VPAP Adapt...

on the other hand, I'm glad I don't *need* a vpap adapt Smile
07-13-2014 07:15 PM
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Machine: ResMed AirCurve10 VAuto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: HumidAir and SlimLine Hose
CPAP Pressure: MaxI 13.6 | MinE 5.2 | PS 4.4
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Diagnosed Nov 2011. Conquered aerophagia.

Sex: Male
Location: Houston, Texas

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RE: Abbreviations, software, etc... Questions
(07-13-2014 07:11 PM)Clementine Wrote:  Haven't seen a smiley face yet --- but I've not been able to use the mask more than 3-4 hours at a time so far.

It looks like your machine is set on a pressure range of 4 to 10?

Meaning that it starts at 4 and increases when your breathing patterns indicate it's necessary, up to a maximum of 10. After you've slept with the mask on for awhile and take it off because it's bothering you, before you push the power button to turn it off, push the knob and take a look at the pressure reading.

I'm thinking that maybe when the pressure climbs to 10 it makes you uncomfortable and/or wakes you up. If you turn it off and then back on it'll start at 4 again and you may be better able to tolerate it.

If it seems like all of this is too much, well, keep in mind that you're human and the one thing you've got going for you is the human body's incredible ability to adapt. After awhile the stuff that bothers you now will stop bothering you.

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