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(11-08-2013, 05:22 PM)Peter_C Wrote: The light on the probe - most likely will wear out much sooner by switching on and off, than by leaving constantly on forever. Various lights burn out due to cycling, rather than number of hours in the 'on' position.

That is the case with incandescent bulbs, but not with led's. Incandescent bulbs have a very low resistance when cold, but warm up rapidly when power is applied, that heating increases the resistance of the filament and reduces the current. So on 'switch on' you get a large in-rush of current and a big thermal shock, that is why they often fail when you switch them on. Led life is much greater and not affected by power cycles.

Any probe that is connected to a patient is always well isolated from internal circuitry to protect the patient in the case of component failure. I would just unplug it from the Resmed when not in use, your biggest worry is wesring out the plug/socket.
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See? This is what is great about the give-and-take on a well-run forum. The expression of thoughts and opinions, without fear of being flamed - then others can make choices based on all the input, plus the possibility of learning stuff.

One point about the procedure that "Vsheline" follows? The other reason for the blower to run on low for a while after shut-down, is to help dry any moisture left in your hose. By removing the water chamber and removing power, you lose the air blowing through your hose for 20 minutes or so, thereby lowering the chance of your hose drying completely in the morning.
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(11-09-2013, 12:33 PM)Peter_C Wrote: One point about the procedure that "Vsheline" follows? The other reason for the blower to run on low for a while after shut-down, is to help dry any moisture left in your hose. By removing the water chamber and removing power, you lose the air blowing through your hose for 20 minutes or so, thereby lowering the chance of your hose drying completely in the morning.

Very good point.

I use heated hose and don't have rainout issues, but those using non-heated hose or manual humidity settings benefit from the cool down period a little.

However, keep in mind that if there is any rainout (condensation in hose) the hose should be removed from machine and hung up to allow it to completely dry out during the day before next use.

Actually, I think all manufacturers recommend removing hose and hanging it up after each use.

Hoses should be periodically (weekly or monthly) inspected and washed well with a tube brush made for CPAP hoses, and/or soaked in a tub with a little disinfectant.


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I have my hose hanging whenever it is not in use (but still attached for the blower) - And while I do not do it often, I personally favor a vinegar and water mix to clean my hose.
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