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patsea Offline

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Machine: Resmed Compact S8
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: ResMed HumidAire 3i
CPAP Pressure: 12
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: Have used CPAP for 10 yrs

Sex: Female
Location: Victoria, BC

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Calibrating?
Thanks to you folks I now have access to the "clinical" readings on my new ResMed Compact CPAP. I have used CPAP for 10 years.

I am having trouble finding information on the Calibration setting. Can anyone tell me what it is and how I determine what calibration I should set it at please?
10-26-2012 02:17 PM
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zonk Offline

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Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Activa LT
Humidifier: H2O
CPAP Pressure: 9/14 - EPR: Off
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010 but diagnosed years earlier

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

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RE: Calibrating?
(10-26-2012 02:17 PM)patsea Wrote:  Thanks to you folks I now have access to the "clinical" readings on my new ResMed Compact CPAP. I have used CPAP for 10 years.

I am having trouble finding information on the Calibration setting. Can anyone tell me what it is and how I determine what calibration I should set it at please?
welcome to forum - have you had any sleep study during the 10 years?
you may need upgrade to S9 Autoset (Not Escape Auto) full data capable machine
if not insured ...supplier #2 (suppliers list) sell gently used and new machine at discount prices
10-26-2012 02:38 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Joined: May 2012

Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed AirFit P10 For Her
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.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #3
RE: Calibrating?
Hi patsea,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I don't know the answer to your question but hang in there for more suggestions and best of luck to you.

trish6hundred
10-26-2012 02:48 PM
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SuperSleeper Offline

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Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Swift II
Humidifier: none
CPAP Pressure: 12.6 - 18 cmH20 (auto range)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Have diabetes Type II

Sex: Male
Location: Dixon, Illinois, USA

Post: #4
RE: Calibrating?
(10-26-2012 02:17 PM)patsea Wrote:  Thanks to you folks I now have access to the "clinical" readings on my new ResMed Compact CPAP. I have used CPAP for 10 years.

I am having trouble finding information on the Calibration setting. Can anyone tell me what it is and how I determine what calibration I should set it at please?

Hi Patsea, 10 years is a long time for a CPAP. The average lifespan is usually around 5 years. In any case, CPAP machines have improved greatly in the last 10 years, both in comfort, noise reduction, effectiveness of treatment and data gathering capability. If you can at all afford it, it's probably time for you to get a new machine, as you're already double the normal lifespan of CPAP machines.

On the Calibration Setting, that's probably talking about the accuracy of delivered pressure. On those older machines, the pressure settings would have to be calibrated with a manometer. Manometers are what Clinicians use to see the accurate reading of pressure your CPAP machine delivers. Based on a test with a manometer, your machine can be calibrated to provide a more accurate pressure. Over time, the machines stray from exact pressures, and need this done about once every other year or so.

But this generally doesn't apply with newer machines.

If you have a DME (Durable Medical Equipment provider) near you (perhaps the one who gave you the CPAP)... you can ask them to calibrate your CPAP. Usually, it's a quick 3-minute thing that they can do for free.

Or you can go to any one of of the online suppliers and purchase a basic manometer that will do the same thing. If you need the Clinician Setup manual for your CPAP you can request that on our Clinician Manual Page, HERE. That manual should show you how to calibrate your CPAP machine using a manometer.

SuperSleeper
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10-26-2012 04:47 PM
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