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[CPAP] Should I replace older CPAP
#1
I have a Phillips Respironics, REMstar Auto A-Flex.  I would guess is at least 5 years old.  I have read researching this question before posting, identifying the exact model I have is like bird watching.  I thought that was a good analogy. The REF -560P is on the plate but I see no model #. 
   Have there been significant improvements in the Phillips Respironics line of CPAP's?
   Does the sleepyhead software work with my current model?
The cost is out of my pocket so the advice I receive here will help me greatly with how I proceed.
Thank you so very much for this forum
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I don't believe that Sleepyhead works with Remstar, which is probably at least 7 years old. If cost is an issue, do you seem to have any problems? I use a Remstar Auto M CPAP and a Phillips System One BiPAP Auto. The Phillips is my Rx and the Remstar was gifted to me. I sleep in two places so it's handy. I don't notice any difference between the two.
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(03-08-2017, 03:42 PM)Latson Wrote: I have a Phillips Respironics, REMstar Auto A-Flex.  I would guess is at least 5 years old.  I have read researching this question before posting, identifying the exact model I have is like bird watching.  I thought that was a good analogy. The REF -560P is on the plate but I see no model #. 
   Have there been significant improvements in the Phillips Respironics line of CPAP's?
   Does the sleepyhead software work with my current model?
The cost is out of my pocket so the advice I receive here will help me greatly with how I proceed.
Thank you so very much for this forum


I use the same machine and it works very well with SleepyHead software.  Mine is going on 3 years old.

This model has been replaced with the newer DreamStation Auto.  Other than a  more appealing design, I don't believe the algorithm is different in respect to how it operates.

If you decide on a new machine, you can always keep your current as a backup.

Here is a link to show you what's currently out there, and what to avoid.
http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ne_Choices
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#4
Better than how old it is why not find out the blower hrs. I think someone
posted here they have about a 5% failure rate at 15,000 hrs but after that
the failure rate rises.
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#5
Your machine is usually referred to as the Philips Respironics System One 60 series Auto, or PRS1 Auto for short. It is a very capable machine that has been replaced by the Dreamstation DX500T11 Auto. Upgrades in the new machine are mostly in things like Smartstart, Smartramp and cosmetics. It behaves and "feels" the same with AFlex and CFlex. I consider the Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset an upgrade because of the EPR (exhale pressure relief), which unlike AFlex is more like a BiPAP that provides up to 3 cm pressure difference between inhale and exhale.

If your machine is working well, the biggest advantage of replacement will be to have your old machine serve as a backup in case of a malfunction or damage of the new machine. Since you're paying out of pocket, this may not be very appealing. Your machine has a reliable lifetime of 15000 to 20000 hours, and sometimes more, but as you get into that area, you will want to think about replacement so you don't end up having to rush and order.
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#6
Hi Latson,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Good luck to you as you continue your CPAP therapy and also with your machine decision.
trish6hundred
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#7
You might want to consider getting the same machine used on Craigslist. That gives you a backup for when your machine goes blitz. Take your time looking, but there have been some good deals here locally. If you do buy used, you'll want to know the run hours. On the Respironics machines, it's called Blower Hours.

To access it on the 560 series, hold down that big button and the little button that has a funny triangle next to it for about 10 seconds. Then once you are in the clinical mode, use the big button to scroll to INFORMATION. From there, you can scroll to BLOWER HOURS. Press big button and you get the blower hours. This number cannot be changed, so you will know how much time the machine has been used. Then, go BACK, and EXIT. It will take a minute or so to write to the card and then go back to wherever you started.

Finally, don't buy a machine from a smoker. You have to take the sucker apart and remove and replace the insulation to remove that odor.

I'm sure if I missed something, someone will pipe in here. Good luck! It pays to have a second machine, and for some, a third.
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#8
All I can say is wow. thank you everyone for such great information.  Exactly the feed back I needed. What a great forum!
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