The context. I live in the Netherlands, a different insurance system. CPAP and treatment is part of medical insurance, but it is made as cheap as possible. I have no sleep doctor that I can phone, just a hospital lung specialist that I see every few years. He knows little about machines and masks.
The machines are supplied by a health supplier whose representatives are not employed for their intelligence. So you have to be self-sufficient.
I have always used the same APAP for many years. The only real way to get a newer machine was to change to a different medical insurance company.
I changed my medical insurance and received the Respironics Remstar A-flex system one with the auto-trial and CPAP-check modes. I received the machine in the post. It was set to auto-CPAP.
After some time I started having problems. Leaks, waking up after a couple of hours and general problems. It seemed to be a pressure problem.
So I entered the setup and switched to the auto-trial mode. After a month this went into the CPAP-check mode that registers 10cm.
My questions: Am I now in an APAP mode? If not, should I switch back to auto-CPAP?
06-12-2015, 07:51 AM
(This post was last modified: 06-12-2015, 07:55 AM by OpalRose.)
The auto trial is exactly what it says. It's a trial. I believe it would be similar to auto titration in a sleep lab.
It automatically put you back to straight CPAP mode at whatever pressure it thought to be effective, which was 10. You are still in CPAP mode. There is nothing wrong with staying on a straight pressure
if you are sure it is handling your apneas. But you can't know that unless you use software to track it.
What pressure range did you use prior to getting this new machine? If I had to base a pressure range based on the straight pressure of 10, then I would set it at 8 minimum and 13 max, then watch your numbers for a couple weeks. Do you know your AHI numbers?
The best thing you can do for yourself is to download the Sleepyhead software to track your numbers. At the top of this page, there also is a link to request the clinical manual for your machine.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more responses to your post and much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.