(04-28-2016, 11:07 AM)DEScott Wrote: . . .
1. I was referred by my physician to a provider who, when I arrived had already selected a machine/mask/settings that they informed me I could not change. I walked. Am I not able to select my provider or the type of equipment.
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Welcome to the forum!
Re .1: Good move. Many DMEs seem to want to dictate everything, and thrive on patient ignorance.
(1) Get a hard copy of your CPAP prescription. This may not be easy - my GP would not give it to me - forced me to get a faxed copy from the DME.
(2) Make SURE the machine you get provides FULL data. This is critical. Review the link that OpalRose posted carefully before you settle on a machine.
(3) I recommend an APAP. All APAP units can be programmed to deliver a fixed pressure. A single pressure unit (CPAP) cannot operate like an APAP. So an APAP is like having 2 machines in one. The choice is easy before you accept delivery of a machine - it will be harder to change afterwards. The DME won't want to do this, because they then have a machine that can't be sold as new.
You don't say where you are from, so this might be different where you live, but in my case, I asked that my GP write the prescription for a pressure range. So the DME had to supply an APAP unit, as no fixed-pressure machine can meet the script.
(4) Be aggressive, or at least assertive. No one else has as much interest in your treatment and your health as you. Walking out of the DME's office was a good start. Keep it up.
(5) Ask any questions you like, of your Sleep Doc, or here, or both. Information is your friend.
Good luck on your PAP journey.