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Apnea Acronyms
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I am putting together a list of acronyms related to sleep apnea.

Updates are immediately after the list.

Kinda sorta alphabetic order:

A-Flex - Respironic's name for exhalation pressure relief for APAP
AHI - apnea-hypopnea index; also seen as A/HI
AI - apnea index
APAP - automatic positive airway pressure (also called AutoPAP)

Bi-Flex - Respironic's name for exhalation pressure relief for BiPAP
BiPAP - bi-level machine made by Respironics
BPAP - bilevel positive airway pressure; not to be confused with BiPAP
BPM - beats or breaths per minute

C-Flex - Respironic's name for exhalation pressure relief for CPAP
cm / cm H2O - centimeters / measurement used by xPAP machines; centimeter of water
CO2 - carbon dioxide (not to be confused with carbon monoxide)
COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPAP - continuous positive airway pressure
CSA - central sleep apnea

DME - durable medical equipment; distributer of durable medical equipment (durable means non-disposable like xPAP machines)

EDS - excessive daytime sleepiness; somnolence
EEG - Electroencephalography (brain waves)
EMG - Electromyogram (muscle movement)
EPAP - exhale positive airway pressure
EPR - exhale pressure relief (trade name by ResMed)

FF - full face mask

HI - hypopnea index
HME - home durable medical equipment; same as DME

IPAP - inhale positive airway pressure

N-CPAP - nasal continuous airway pressure

O2 - oxygen
OSA - obstructive sleep apnea

PAP - positive airway pressure
PLMD - periodic limb movement disorder (body twitches during sleep, usually as the brain tries to wake you up to breathe)
PLM - periodic limb movement (used on sleep reports with a number for how many occurred; part of the "arousal index")
PSG - Polysomnography (sleep test)

RDI - respiratory disturbance index (same as AHI)
REM - rapid eye movement (dream state of sleep)
RLS - restless leg syndrome (twitchy legs during the day, often preventing sleep)
RT - resiratory therapist

SA - sleep apnea

UPPP - Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty; also known as UP3

VPAP - variable positive airway pressure

xPAP - any of the positive air pressure machines

UPDATES:
RRT - registered respiratory technician
RPSGT - registered polysomnography technician
AASM - American Academy of Sleep Medicine
ABSM - American Board of Sleep Medicine
ADSM - Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
APSS - Associated Professional Sleep Societies (part of AASM)
ASAA - American Sleep Apnea Association
MSLT - Multiple Sleep Latency Test
NCSDR - National Center for Sleep Disorder Research (part of NIH)
NSF- National Sleep Foundation
PLMI = Periodioc Limb Movement Index
SSS - Stanford Sleepiness Scale
NIH - National Institute of Health



misc acronyms associated with sleepyhead software:
http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/sl...r_Glossary

Long list of technical terms
http://www.respironics.com/Glossary.asp



This compilation will go in the wiki and will have links to the appropriate page (if one exists). If I can figure out how, they will be listed alphabetically as well as by group if applicable (like all the machines).

Compilation ideas:
  • machine related
  • sleep test related


I know that is not all of them. Please gimme some more.

And corrections if I have any wrong or if it could be worded betterer.
PaulaO2
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#2
Katie posted this link in old forum
http://www.respironics.com/Glossary.asp

SleepyHead Glossary
http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/sl...r_Glossary

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#3
Those are glossaries. But I can scan through them to collect acronyms. Thanks!

Added the AHI stuff.

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Added more.
PaulaO2
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Breathe deeply and count to zen.

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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#4
(04-12-2012, 08:23 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Those are glossaries. But I can scan through them to collect acronyms. Thanks!

Added the AHI stuff.

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Added more.

You have far too much time on your hands Too-funny

Great post Thanks

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#5
Looks like a good project, Paula! Haven't had my coffee yet, but maybe the brain will engage after that enough to add more to your list.

Good-work
SuperSleeper
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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.



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(04-13-2012, 03:23 AM)Dreamcatcher Wrote: You have far too much time on your hands Too-funny

Great post Thanks

I am procrastinating again. I keep finding busy work to do instead of the work I should be doing.

Will update the list later. The only new one I have is

N-CPAP - nasal continuous airway pressure

I guess that is that Provent or whatever it is called.

PaulaO2
Apnea Board Moderator
www.ApneaBoard.com


Breathe deeply and count to zen.

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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#7
(04-13-2012, 09:52 AM)PaulaO2 Wrote:
(04-13-2012, 03:23 AM)Dreamcatcher Wrote: You have far too much time on your hands Too-funny

Great post Thanks

I am procrastinating again. I keep finding busy work to do instead of the work I should be doing.

Will update the list later. The only new one I have is

N-CPAP - nasal continuous airway pressure

I guess that is that Provent or whatever it is called.

What about P.A.U.L.A.

Positive airway, utra low Apneas (Gunna have a good paula tonight Big Grin)

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(04-13-2012, 09:52 AM)PaulaO2 Wrote:
(04-13-2012, 03:23 AM)Dreamcatcher Wrote: You have far too much time on your hands Too-funny

Great post Thanks

I am procrastinating again. I keep finding busy work to do instead of the work I should be doing.

Will update the list later. The only new one I have is

N-CPAP - nasal continuous airway pressure

I guess that is that Provent or whatever it is called.

What about P.A.U.L.A.

Positive airway, utra low Apneas (Gunna have a good paula tonight Big Grin)

Please be gentle with me Too-funnyToo-funny
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#9
So good you had to say it twice?

PaulaO2
Apnea Board Moderator
www.ApneaBoard.com


Breathe deeply and count to zen.

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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#10
(04-12-2012, 08:03 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: I know that is not all of them. Please gimme some more.

And corrections if I have any wrong or if it could be worded betterer.

On my PSG, the acronym of PLM was included in several places. It did not include the word "disorder", but referred instead to the actual number of periodic limb/leg movements. It was used in the creation of an "arousal index".
Breathing keeps you alive. And PAP helps keep you breathing!
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