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[Equipment] Taking control of CPAP
Taking control of CPAP
Hi All, I'm sort-of new to CPAP in that I just got formally diagnosed, but only TEN YEARS after my girlfriend (a physician) told me that I DEFINITELY have sleep apnea. I'm supposed to select a Provider before my next appointment, after which I get my prescription. I expect I will end up with a DreamStation... either 3 months from now, or possibly sooner if I can find one used by someone for not too long before they croaked.  Having lived with apnea for over 10 years, I fully understand what's going on with me physiologically, and I've educated and re-educated myself on how CPAP devices work (including reading dozens of journal articles and patents). I've also operated, maintained and repaired a large number of far more sophisticated instruments than this. So I absolutely HATE the idea of not being fully in control of my device. I feel like a an auto mechanic-cum-racecar driver at an auto dealership and all they'll sell me is a car without driver's seat that is piloted by a defective A.I. Does anyone know if it's possible (short of actual hacking into the electronics) to adjust controls / activate functions on a late-model DreamStation that weren't pre-adjusted / activated by the Provider at time of rental/sale?     Also, what's the consensus on these devices: Buy or Rent?  Thanks, Jim
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RE: Taking control of CPAP
Most people here prefer the Resmed stuff over the Philips (Dreamstation).
With the Dreamstation (1 or 2) (1 has that recall on the poison foam, some have been refurbished, use caution with those) and with the Resmed newer machines, you can get full control. You just have to activate the "clinician" mode.
The software from here (Oscar) does a great job showing all the details of the collected data (lots of it, every breath..)
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RE: Taking control of CPAP
The bad news is that OP will need to do some homework. I suggest reading the Apnea Board Wiki article on machine choices and also the thread at http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...ew-machine which will explain the technical aspects of why the experts here believe ResMed is the best choice. When you get your machine, put an SD card into it so that the machine can record breath-by-breath data. Then download OSCAR onto your computer and insert the same SD card into your computer so you can get the data into OSCAR. You can post your results here and get some expert feedback on actions that may improve your results. The most important thing now is PATIENCE. The journey takes a while and optimum results will not likely be achieved in a day or two.
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