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[Equipment] ASV vs CPAP
04-19-2012, 11:48 AM
I think what you're proposing- closing off some of the vent holes in your mask to increase the CO2 you're breathing- well I don't think you adequately explain how this will decrease centrals. This is completely irresponsible to suggest that someone close off the exhalation ports on their mask. You say yourself this is a liability.
04-19-2012, 11:51 AM
(04-19-2012, 11:00 AM)dscbk Wrote: I'm sure I'll be reprimanded again by making these suggestions, but I do believe this issue is valid and a lot of people may be affected unduly because the Xpap and mask people can't afford the liability of what this suggests. [/u]
Hi dscbk, had to put the warning on top of your post. It's not a reprimand or a rules violation at all, so don't take it that way. Just a warning to newbies who may take your mask-modifications to an extreme - CO2 buildup from blocking too many exhalation port holes can lead to brain damage or, in extreme cases, death. Not doubting that your technique might work to some degree, but folks need to weigh the benefits vs. the risk involved here.
I'm not censoring your post in any way - free exchange of ideas is what Apnea Board is all about. We just want new CPAP patients to be aware of possible risks involved with mask modifications.
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04-20-2012, 03:05 AM
I thought it was have too much O2 that caused central apnea's - i.e. the brain stops telling the body to breathe as a way of coping with with the heightened levels of oxygen?