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Machine: resmed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
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CPAP Pressure: 18/8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Post: #1
Auto CPAP machines
I was told yesterday that there are CPAP machines that will adjust the level of pressure that is needed. In other words, if my setting is 12 and it is too high or too low, the machine will adjust it accordingly. Do any of you know about this? IF so, do you like this feature?

Thank you for your help.

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(This post was last modified: 08-29-2013 11:21 AM by me50.)
08-29-2013 11:10 AM
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RonWessels Offline

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Machine: REMstar Auto AFlex DS560TS
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ComfortGel Blue
Humidifier: REMstar Heated Tube DS6T
CPAP Pressure: 11 - 20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: CMS50F Pulse Oximeter

Sex: Male
Location: Ontario, Canada

Post: #2
RE: Auto CPAP machines
Um, yes. If you check my profile (the data underneath my username on the left of my post), you will see that I am using the Philips Respironics version of their Auto-CPAP unit.

There are many reasons that your treatment pressure requirement will vary during the evening, including sleep position, phase of sleep you are in, colour of your linen, etc. [ Ok, maybe not so much the last. But the reasons vary and often tend to be "magic" ]. An Auto-CPAP machine will detect closure or impending closure of your airway and increase the treatment pressure to compensate. If your airway is solidly open, it will periodically attempt to lower the pressure to see if a lower treatment pressure is also an effective treatment. All of these adjustments are subject to minimum and maximum pressure limit settings that can be configured.

Personally, my treatment pressure tends to vary wildly day-to-day. Looking at my data, I've had periods where the pressure is at the lowest setting of 11 cmH2O. I've also had periods where the machine has raised the pressure to over 19 cmH2O (probably because I rolled over on my back).

Do I like it? Let me put it this way. When I first started CPAP, I bought a fixed-pressure CPAP unit set at my titrated pressure. Looking at the data, I wasn't happy with the performance, and I engaged the (time-limited) trial-auto mode available on my original machine. Within 2 weeks, I had a full-fledged Auto-CPAP unit on-order. So yes, I do like it.
(This post was last modified: 08-29-2013 11:32 AM by RonWessels.)
08-29-2013 11:30 AM
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Thegirls Offline

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Machine: Apex iCH Auto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Apex Wizard 220
Humidifier: Apex
CPAP Pressure: 8-12
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Post: #3
RE: Auto CPAP machines
(08-29-2013 11:10 AM)me50 Wrote:  I was told yesterday that there are CPAP machines that will adjust the level of pressure that is needed. In other words, if my setting is 12 and it is too high or too low, the machine will adjust it accordingly. Do any of you know about this? IF so, do you like this feature?

Thank you for your help.

Thinking-aboutThinking-about

Hi,

I currently use the iCH Auto. While not a well known brand, it is great machine and at much lower cost than the ResMed or Respironic machines.
08-29-2013 11:41 AM
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me50 Offline

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Machine: resmed S9 VPAP Auto
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Mask Make & Model: Wisp and Silicone Head gear
Humidifier: resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18/8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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RE: Auto CPAP machines
evy Barnett can you share your thoughts on the auto feature and how it works for you? thanks
08-29-2013 11:50 AM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

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Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #5
RE: Auto CPAP machines
Hi me50,
I like an autopap because it will adjust to what you need. I have a range set to 7-20 cmh2o to accomodate my titrated pressure of 10 cmh2o. Of course your pressure needs will be different than mine.
I hope this is helpful.

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08-29-2013 12:08 PM
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Paptillian Offline

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Machine: S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Swift FX
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 4 - 10, EPR x2
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Pennsylvania, USA

Post: #6
RE: Auto CPAP machines
My "official" CPAP pressure from the titration study is 5 cmH20, but in reality it runs the gamut from 4 to 10 and averages around 6. If I didn't have the Auto CPAP I would be undertreated most of the time and overtreated some of the time.

evybarnett, you have an auto but your profile says your CPAP pressure is 8.0. Why is it fixed? Are you not using the auto feature?
(This post was last modified: 08-29-2013 12:18 PM by Paptillian.)
08-29-2013 12:14 PM
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PaulaO2 Offline
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Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Post: #7
RE: Auto CPAP machines
There's some various reasons why autoPAPs are good or not good for someone.

Some folks don't like how the machine can "run off" with the pressure. This is when the machine goes higher and higher, trying to keep the throat open or at least it thinks that's what it is doing.

Other folks like how it adjusts to each night since no two nights are the same.

I love my Autoset. I enjoy knowing that no matter my position or level of sleep or amount of medication I had to take, my CPAP is going to take care of me.

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08-29-2013 12:56 PM
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me50 Offline

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Machine: resmed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp and Silicone Head gear
Humidifier: resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18/8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Location: USA

Post: #8
RE: Auto CPAP machines
Hi Paula

Yes, that is my concern too b/c even with the CPAP treatment, I still wake up often during the night and it isn't due to a full bladder. I hesitate to take any type of medication at night, even OTC, because I am concerned about how it might mess with my breathing, etc. Thank you so much for all of your replies!!
08-29-2013 01:19 PM
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me50 Offline

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Machine: resmed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp and Silicone Head gear
Humidifier: resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18/8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Undisclosed
Location: USA

Post: #9
RE: Auto CPAP machines
those of you that use auto cpap machines, can you, if you haven't already, share which brand that you use? thank you.
08-29-2013 04:03 PM
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RonWessels Offline

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Machine: REMstar Auto AFlex DS560TS
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ComfortGel Blue
Humidifier: REMstar Heated Tube DS6T
CPAP Pressure: 11 - 20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: CMS50F Pulse Oximeter

Sex: Male
Location: Ontario, Canada

Post: #10
RE: Auto CPAP machines
The two main (modern) units you will see here are the ResMed S9 AutoSet and the Philips Respironics System One 60 Series REMstar Auto. [ I have the latter. ] Both are perfectly good data-capable units. The pro's and con's for each are not particularly significant, and I'm not sure anyone here would recommend one over the other with any seriousness.
08-29-2013 04:08 PM
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