I recently been diagnosed with severe OSA after having a sleep study (AHI was in the 100s). I live in the U.S. and do not have any insurance. I have my prescription finally and need to get a machine and supplies.
I have a few friends that have been milked with some of the local DMEs and based on phone calls I know I can get cheaper prices on-line.
My main question is what the heck my prescription means and what machine should I get.
It says "BIPAP-S in the auto mode with nasal mask, supplies and heated humidifier prn. Length of need 99 months."
What does the -S mean?
Any help would be wonderful
S stands for spontaneous, and the BiPAP machine allows a moderate to large difference between inhale pressure support (IPAP) and exhale pressure support (EPAP). The machine responds to your breathing patterns by raising or lowering either IPAP or EPAP (or both) to address apnea and other breathing variations. The BiPAP-S provides wider range of pressure variability than an Auto CPAP machine.
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Much success to you as you start your CPAP therapy and hang in there for more responses to your post.