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Changing pressure of f&p icon novo from limited patient menu
My F&P ICON Novo was provided for me with a patient menu that is "limited by your healthcare provider". The pressure is set at 13lbs which is so high I can't even exhale. I have never been able to make it through the night with the mask on. I need to change the pressure but I can't even figure out how to access the clinician menu. I already have the clinician manual but I still can't get to the menu and my patient menu is already limited. Please help me!
Have a look at the Change Cpap Pressure Settings page of the Wiki. There is a description there of how to get into the clinicians menu for various common machines, including the Fisher & Paykel ICON Auto, Premo & Novo.
By the way, the units for CPAP pressure settings are cmH2O (centimeters of water), not pounds.
07-28-2013, 04:04 PM
Hi lorenbreen, welcome to the forum
FYI ... Unlike Icon Auto and Icon Premo .... Icon Novo is not data capable machine (no efficay data just how many hours using the machine each night). This video from CPAP Library might help http://vimeo.com/20560260
07-28-2013, 04:19 PM
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Great advice so far and best of luck with changing the pressure on your machine.
07-28-2013, 04:29 PM
By the way, when you say that you've never made it through the night, are you saying that you wake up because of the pressure, or are you saying that you are having trouble getting to sleep because of the pressure.
If the latter, have you tried using the ramp feature of the machine? It reduces the pressure, then linearly increases the pressure over a period of time to let you get to sleep. Most people find that, once asleep, they are able to tolerate the pressure.
To put the pressure into perspective, take a tall glass of water about 6 inches high. Put a straw all the way to the bottom of the glass and blow bubbles. You are now exhaling against a pressure of 15 cmH2O.
Although the pressure feels intolerable now, you do actually get used to it. In fact, it will get to the point where you simply don't even notice the pressure when you wake up anymore, and have to think to see if the machine is still on or not. In the meantime, if you absolutely must reduce the pressure to sleep, remember to bring the pressure back up again when you start getting used to it. If you want, bring it up over several days by 1 cmH2O per day. But keep in mind that, until you get (at least close) to your treatment pressure, you are not treating your sleep apnea.
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