Did you have a sleep study? What pressure did they find optimal?
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Yes, I actually do think your range is too wide. In theory and often in practice it doesn't matter. But there are occasions that it can be an issue. To recommend any narrowing it though, we would need to see what your experience actually is. So come back with your actual pressures, 90% and so forth. Also, if you're using a ramp feature, consider not doing that, or shortening it considerably. Often at default it stays on "ramp" for too long and you fall asleep and your machine doesn't start working on the apneas for another 10 minutes or so. Doesn't sound like much, but it could have an impact. What are your leak numbers? I know you don't feel they're an issue but often they can be without you knowing it. For instance a nasty little short term leak might encourage your machine to blast up to 20, then the leak goes away and the machine decides to drop to the basement. Or even start the ramp again........
So download and install the Sleepyhead stuff and come back with as much detail as you can.
Oh, by the way, welcome to the site! You'll get this figured out!!! I will stake Mongo's reputation on it.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Please, don't feel stupid, there is a learning curve but you'll get there, it just take time.
Hang in there for more responses to your post and best of luck to you.
What is your AHI?
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If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
Well the BB Program wants you to have x number of posts before it lets you upload an attachement. It's how we stay safe from the V***** salesmen.
In the meantime however, just some numbers will help:
AHI, number of events OA, CA, Hypop.... that sort of thing.
Your min/max and average pressures.
Your leak numbers.
A complete DNA analysis........ Oh, maybe forget that one.
Here's representative numbers.
Avg IPAP 14.22
Avg EPAP 14.13
Avg Leak Rate 4.05
90% Leak Rate 20.00
% Time ^ Leak Rate Threshold 0.23%
Clear Airway 2.91
Total AHI 18.30
Flow Limitation Index 0.42
Effort Related Arousal Index 0.21
Periodic Breathing % 3.44%
Resp Rate 15.4
Tidal Volume 360
Minute Vent 5.75