So had my visit to local supplier\consultant. Although not having any specific opinion about Respronics and Resmed - it was indicated they cause this consultant A LOT more hassle than the F&P Icon.
I have confirmed this consultant isn't on any particular bonus or commission to push 1 brand over another and is very happy to "Sell me" whatever unit I want - its just the indication that anything other than the F&P sees a lot of follows required for the customers that go that way.
As I wasnt ready to make a decision, but wanted to start treatment straight away - I decided to take out a "rental trial" - unfortunately the only rental units are again the F&P Icons. This consultant was exceptional - and has give me a "trail period" to work out different masks and fittings that suite me - as she is happy to follow what was scripted from the titaration - but thinks from the pressure levels etc and my face shape and beard - we might run into trouble.
So .. I was reading about the Resmed A10 and the Auto for her etc, thinking it was one of the better units etc --- but hearing of the potential "return rate \ customer issues \ follow ups necessary" - I am guess I am looking for some input now on the F&P Icon etc? The "reviews" section only tells so much of a story.
Has anyone has this kind of experience before? Anyone change from a F&P to a Resmed or other and why?
I have a 1 month machine trial so would like to finalise a machine choice by then.
If this supplier sell ResMed and Phillips Respironcis machines, then should have them available for rentals
If not mistaken, ResMed supply rentals machines to their accredited suppliers
ResMed and Respironcis machines are popular for a reason and a good reason too
Both machines uses SD card and detect clear airways events. Also F&P Icon does not have exhale pressure relief (EPR) feature , can be helpful for people who have a problem exhale against pressure, can be turned off but its there if ever needed
I've only used ResMed machines, I like the way the machines display data on the screen sleep report (more detailed information and better than any other machine) including unintentional leak reporting, other machines require an enigma machine to work out, not exactly but close enough
06-01-2015, 10:05 AM
(This post was last modified: 06-01-2015, 10:26 AM by Mosquitobait.)
I am a newbie myself. Both the Resmed and Respironics are the most recent technology followed by DeVilbiss. Then comes the machine you are considering. On another board, there is one person that owns both Resmed Airsense and the Icon and indicated the Icon was better for traveling because the converter was built into the machine. He also said that if you do not have complex apnea, either machine should work fine. The Icon is now mostly supported by Sleepyhead, so if price is a huge consideration, the Icon should be fine. Someone with more knowledge about Sleepyhead could probably tell you what would be missing in the data.
I also noted on a comparison that the Icon works at a much higher altitude (8,000 for Resmed, 7,500 for Respironics, 9,000 for Icon). The Icon is also a bit louder than the other two machines (29 dB vs. 26).
The latest Resmed and Respironics can track RERAs. The Devilbiss and Icon cannot. Not an issue for you if your sleep study didn't show these to be a problem. I really like having the lower pressure when breathing out, but if that is not bothering you, then not having the feature isn't an issue.
FWIW - my brother has a full beard and uses a Fisher & Paykel full face mask. Not perfect - he also uses a Walgreens sleep mask to hold the mask for better leak control.