Thread Closed 
Comparing Oximeters - I should have known better...
Author Message
zonk Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 7,908
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: A10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Activa LT
Humidifier: Integrated /ClimateLineAir
CPAP Pressure: 9/13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

Post: #21
RE: Comparing Oximeters - I should have known better...
Supplier #19 is highly recommended here for for pulse oximeters
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-CPAP-Supplier-List
02-11-2013 06:48 PM
Find all posts by this user

Donate to Apnea Board
Moriarty Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 270
Joined: Jul 2012

Machine: Respironics REMStar 50 Series Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Pakel Pilairo Q
Humidifier: Respironics System One
CPAP Pressure: 8.5-20 (average 9.4)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Image above is my CPAP machine...

Sex: Male
Location: Toowoomba - Qld - Australia

Post: #22
RE: Comparing Oximeters - I should have known better...
(02-11-2013 06:35 PM)JJJ Wrote:  The link works, but Contec's web site has never heard of a CMS50EW. There's a phone number, but I didn't call. I was only curious if the Bluetooth capability might mean I don't need a Windows computer to get the data into SleepyHead.

My guess is that the Bluetooth will need the Contec driver and so will need Windows.
02-11-2013 10:37 PM
Find all posts by this user
Shastzi Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 1,174
Joined: Dec 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: FitLife Total face mask
Humidifier: F&P HC150 with Hybernite heated hose.
CPAP Pressure: 15cm-20cm H2O (auto)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead Other Software

Other Comments: CMS50-F wearable Oximeter; Software: SPO2 Assistant

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: Florida, USA.

Post: #23
RE: Comparing Oximeters - I should have known better...
Did you check on the CMS50F? I have been using that for a few months with good results.
There is a free windows based program to fetch data from the device and it all works quite well.

Smile
02-11-2013 10:52 PM
Find all posts by this user

Donate to Apnea Board
JJJ Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 751
Joined: Apr 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Most recent: Wisp, Pilairo, Mirage Vista
Humidifier: ResMed S9 Autoset
CPAP Pressure: 17-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: USA 97217

Post: #24
RE: Comparing Oximeters - I should have known better...
(02-11-2013 10:52 PM)Shastzi Wrote:  Did you check on the CMS50F? I have been using that for a few months with good results.There is a free windows based program to fetch data from the device and it all works quite well.

I suspect it might not work so well if you don't have a Windows computer. Sad
02-11-2013 11:16 PM
Find all posts by this user
Moriarty Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 270
Joined: Jul 2012

Machine: Respironics REMStar 50 Series Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Pakel Pilairo Q
Humidifier: Respironics System One
CPAP Pressure: 8.5-20 (average 9.4)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Image above is my CPAP machine...

Sex: Male
Location: Toowoomba - Qld - Australia

Post: #25
RE: Comparing Oximeters - I should have known better...
(02-11-2013 11:16 PM)JJJ Wrote:  [quote='Shastzi' pid='29242' dateline='1360641131']

I suspect it might not work so well if you don't have a Windows computer. Sad

What sort of computer do you have and, if you don't mind my asking, how computer literate are you?

If you have a Mac then google search "run pc programs on mac free" might be helpful to you.
02-12-2013 03:15 AM
Find all posts by this user

Donate to Apnea Board
Moriarty Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 270
Joined: Jul 2012

Machine: Respironics REMStar 50 Series Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Pakel Pilairo Q
Humidifier: Respironics System One
CPAP Pressure: 8.5-20 (average 9.4)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Image above is my CPAP machine...

Sex: Male
Location: Toowoomba - Qld - Australia

Post: #26
RE: Comparing Oximeters - I should have known better...
oops double post
(This post was last modified: 02-12-2013 03:20 AM by Moriarty.)
02-12-2013 03:19 AM
Find all posts by this user
DocWils Offline

Members-b

Posts: 1,271
Joined: Jul 2012

Machine: Philips Remstar series 60
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed P10
Humidifier: same as machine
CPAP Pressure: 5-15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: Switzerland

Post: #27
RE: Comparing Oximeters - I should have known better...
JJJ the blue tooth was added at the time to connect to laptops, not cell phones or tablets - if they have as of yet changed that or updated the software I am unaware. The drivers and receivers are proprietary and a bit of a pain to get and install if they didn't come with the install CD.
02-12-2013 06:57 AM
Find all posts by this user

Donate to Apnea Board
JJJ Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 751
Joined: Apr 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Most recent: Wisp, Pilairo, Mirage Vista
Humidifier: ResMed S9 Autoset
CPAP Pressure: 17-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: USA 97217

Post: #28
RE: Comparing Oximeters - I should have known better...
(02-12-2013 03:15 AM)Moriarty Wrote:  
(02-11-2013 11:16 PM)JJJ Wrote:  [quote='Shastzi' pid='29242' dateline='1360641131']
I suspect it might not work so well if you don't have a Windows computer. Sad
What sort of computer do you have and, if you don't mind my asking, how computer literate are you?
If you have a Mac then google search "run pc programs on mac free" might be helpful to you.

Amazingly, there are computers that are not Mac or Windows. Smile

As for computer literacy, I bought my first computer in 1983 and in 1990 I started building my computers myself. All of the software on my machines is open source. I do part-time tech support for Linux and Unix at the local university, where I also occasionally give talks on using open source software for academic purposes.

Changing the subject a bit, last night I e-mailed Supplier #19 to inquire about oximeters that do not require a Windows computer to import the data, and specifically if the CMS50EW could do so. Their reply this morning is that the Bluetooth in the CMS50EW is just for convenience in transferring the data to a Windows computer; you still must use the proprietary software to get the data into SleepyHead. They suggested (since I told them I had an S9 Autoset) that the nicest solution would be an Onin oximeter that is designed to attach directly to the S9, thus its data goes on the same SD card and can be read directly by SleepyHead. Another advantage is that, since it is attached to the S9, the time of an event is always the same as what the S9 reports - no need to fiddle with synchronizing the oximeter with the S9. However, the drawback of the Onin oximeter is that it costs $700.

So I guess I won't be getting an oximeter. Sad
02-12-2013 11:18 AM
Find all posts by this user
DocWils Offline

Members-b

Posts: 1,271
Joined: Jul 2012

Machine: Philips Remstar series 60
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed P10
Humidifier: same as machine
CPAP Pressure: 5-15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: Switzerland

Post: #29
RE: Comparing Oximeters - I should have known better...
JJJ

I trained on PDP8Ls, so I know very well that there are other things besides Macs and PeeCees - my desktop of choice for many years was an SGI Indy, followed fast by and O2 (say it after me - "Never Beige!") and I still have boxes that double or triple boot into Linux or OSX if needed, but let's face it - it is a Windoze world, I had to come to terms with it after swimming against the stream for gods know how long. And if it ain't Windoze, it's Mac. Linux users simply get stuck with buggers like this, and like most things, alas, until a dedicated bastler comes along and cobbles up a Linux version of whatever it is they need.

Alas, if you want to keep in a price range that doesn't break the bank, you are stuck with a fingerling that costs around 100 or so and only connects to Windoze through proprietary software.

The big question is to why you want an oxymeter. If you suspect you are still getting anoxia in some way, then by all means, but if not, and you are feeling fine with your CPAP as is, then it doesn't do much more than satisfy curiosity.

On the other hand if you are still getting sleepy during the day, then it is worth looking at one, if only to check that there are other things happening than the events recorded on your CPAP....

My rule is don't spend a ton if you don't have to, and mostly, you don't - simple devices do sufficient diagnostics to point you in the right direction, be it to satisfy your angst or to get you back to your doctor....
02-12-2013 12:05 PM
Find all posts by this user

Donate to Apnea Board
aehjr Offline

Preferred Members-2

Posts: 92
Joined: Dec 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Mirage FX
Humidifier: ResMed S9 H5i
CPAP Pressure: 6 - 12
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: Colorado

Post: #30
RE: Comparing Oximeters - I should have known better...
(02-12-2013 11:18 AM)JJJ Wrote:  However, the drawback of the Onin oximeter is that it costs $700.

So I guess I won't be getting an oximeter. Sad

And then there is the cost of the oximeter adapter from ResMed or some other supplier. I think I found that they cost about $300.

Made it worth re-imaging my old Windows laptop to use SPO2 Review. Then I'll either have to copy the files over to my Mac to import into SleepyHead (or maybe install SH on my Windows laptop).

For about $150-200, you should be able to pick up the CMS50D and a used windows machine. Way cheaper than going the Onin and ResMEd adapter route.
02-12-2013 12:44 PM
Find all posts by this user
Thread Closed 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  2015 peer reviewed article comparing a bench test of 11 APAPs robysue 4 277 12-06-2016 07:06 AM
Last Post: cands
  Comparing AHI between CPAP and For Her Beej 11 472 12-04-2016 11:27 AM
Last Post: OpalRose
  Research Article comparing CPAP machines stephennic 0 229 09-10-2016 07:27 AM
Last Post: stephennic
Question What Pulse Oximeters work with SleepyHead? jerod 20 7,586 09-05-2016 05:47 PM
Last Post: Marthajoy7
Gross Pulse Oximeters and Arrhythmias srlevine1 1 383 07-24-2016 09:47 AM
Last Post: Jimsp1
  Trending Oximeters? Brewskie 13 2,142 10-03-2014 12:45 PM
Last Post: PaulaO2
  question about oximeters for detection of apnea john4131 13 2,254 08-12-2014 03:03 PM
Last Post: archangle

Forum Jump:

Who's Online (Complete List)