I'm looking at upgrading from my old Resmed S8 and would like to buy an Airsense S10 Autoset online from the US.
I must confess I'm a bit of a cpap dummy, if I buy this model, does it automatically adjust by my breathing or do I need to set it up?
Also, would love to hear from anyone that has bought there machines online from overseas on their experiences. The price difference is amazing.
G'day Ronnie.P, welcome to Apnea Board
Lots of our Australian members have imported machines from the USA to avoid paying Resmed's Australia tax. The Autoset will adjust pressures to suit your situation through the night, running as low as possible then jumping up if it detects apneas, hypopneas, vibratory snore or flow limitation. The machine can be set "wide open" with minimum pressure 4 and maximum pressure 20. But that won't give you optimum therapy and it's better to set a narrower range.
If you don't know your current pressure, get hold of the clinical manual for your S8 Elite and use it to determine what pressure you have. At the same time, get the clinical manual for your new machine. Resmed won't sell you these manuals but you can obtain then from the link at the top of this page. Just be careful to follow the instructions exactly and request the specific ones you need (there are hundreds to choose from).
When you get your new machine, set the minimum pressure a few cm below your current setting and the maximum a few cm above, and go from there. Also get hold of the SleepyHead software which will allow you to monitor your progress and optimise your settings.
CPAP machines are GST exempt in Australia but Border Farce will probably levy a handling fee of fifty or sixty dollars which you can pay at the post office when you pick it up.
Good to have you on the forum, and good luck with your new machine.
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If you mean the Airsense 10 Autoset, then yes it will adjust the pressure automatically. That said, I think a little bit of reading on the forum would indicate to you that having it at 4-20cm is probably not advisable. Again, just a little bit of reading would not go astray.
The upside of getting from the US is it's much cheaper; the downside is any warranty claims will require you to send the unit back to the US as it has been reported that Resmed will not honour the warranty in Oz if the unit is bought overseas. Also, note that many US vendors will require a prescription for the sale which can be problematic as you don't need a prescription (or generally given one) in Australia.