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[Equipment] machine service reminder
#1
Just a general question about the hardware...

The S9 has a reminders screen and one of the options is to set a service reminder. This is separate from the reminders for replacing tubing, filters, etc.

I checked the clinician setup manual and all it says is that the reminder is to be used to remind the patient when it's time to send the machine in for service.

Since I'm not using a DME and have sourced my own machine from an online supplier, I'm curious what kind of servicing these machines would need. Aside from replacing the filter on the flow generator unit and checking the seals on the humidifier unit, I thought they were pretty much maintenance-free. Dont-know

Just trying to get an idea of what kind of service life I might expect from my machine and what kind of problems it might give me (and when).

Thanks!
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#2
And since we're on it, does it make much sense to test an auto adjusting machine with a manometer? If so, are there procedures for it?
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#3
manufactures like ResMed are control freaks, the idea behind the reminder is constantly going back to the supplier (even if wanted to adjust the time on the machine clock) so you end up using their products and rip-off - if you happen to be in Australia
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#4
My old S7 was tested by the supplier once a year. At it's last year, it was still accurate.

I would assume you would test it by putting it in straight CPAP. As for how to test the auto mode, good question. You would have to simulate airway closing.

But I doubt it would be necessary. Not with these machines they're making now. You'll get an error message first.
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#5
From what I have read, the "average lifespan" of a CPAP machine is about 5 years, but some folks have been using their machines for much longer. I've had three of them - an old, pre-2007 REMstar Plus, a pre-2007 REMstar Pro and now an S9 AutoSet. Never performed any maintenance on any of them other than cleaning the outside and around where the filters go, plus washing/changing the filters every couple of months.

Yeah, I'm cheap and I wash & dry out my S9 filters one time before discarding them.

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(07-14-2013, 10:34 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote: Yeah, I'm cheap and I wash & dry out my S9 filters one time before discarding them.

Coffee

If my first month of CPAP use is any indication, I think the filters will last quite a while. It's still just as bright as the first day with barely a visible speck on it. (I'm using the "hypoallergenic" one)
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#7
I live in a dusty house. I can barely last 30 days between changing. Which reminds me...
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#8
Geez, my S9 hasn't reminded me to do anything. Maybe I better look at the settings menu...
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(07-15-2013, 06:30 PM)Airstream Wrote: Geez, my S9 hasn't reminded me to do anything. Maybe I better look at the settings menu...

Not me... don't need my appliances nagging me also. Bigwink Too-funny
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#10
Lots of patients are in the mindset of "don't think, just do what the doctor says." The reminders to change filters, masks, etc. are valid. Many patients would never replace a filter or mask unless prodded to do so.

The concept of an occasional pressure check might have some validity. I suspect it's not really that necessary.

I suspect a large part of the motivation is to generate return vi$its to the equipment $upplier.
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