maybe you could build a flap covering the oxy inlet and the BiPAP on-button, that you have to raise to turn your machine on. put a big arrow on the flap, pointing to the ...
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Hang in there for more responses to your post. Hopefully, you are able to find an alarm to help you.
Much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.
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That's a great idea. Keep it simple, I always say, and here it is. I will keep that in mind, for sure.
Thank you for the welcome and your encouragement.
I just used my label maker to put: O2 ON?? next to my PAP on button.
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How about something you lay over the CPAP or oxygen concentrator? Whenever you turn the O2 concentrator off, use it to cover up the CPAP machine. Whenever you go to use the CPAP machine, remove the cover, turn on the O2, then put the cover over the concentrator.
It reminds you to turn on the O2 when you start the CPAP and turn off the CPAP when you stop the O2.
Make sure that it doesn't cover anything vital on either machine.
You could also put a power strip next to the oxygen machine that the CPAP is plugged in. When you turn off the oxygen machine, flip the switch on the power strip so that the CPAP is off.
If you turn the power off right after turning the CPAP off, it might affect the data recording on the SD card, so you may need to experiment with that if you ever decide to start checking your treatment data.
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01-13-2015, 01:06 PM
(This post was last modified: 01-13-2015, 01:06 PM by PsychoMike.)
An elastic band with a tag on it and a mask storage bag would work. Just have "Turn the O2 on before using" or something similar on the tag.
The storage bags you get with a CPAP mask (or can get from a DME) are usuallky fabric, protecting your mask but still allowing it to dry after use. In the morning, you put the mask in the bag and put the elastic with tag over the closure area. You have to remove the elastic and storage bag before you can use the mask....the pause and the tag should give you enough of a reminder as long as you actually turn on the flow when you take the mask out of the storage bag.
As for a flow alarm, to adequately alert you to no O2 flow when the CPAP is on, you'd need something inline for both hoses (one for it to tell the the CPAP is on, one for it to tell if the O2 is flowing). It's possible, but I think it would be a PITA and probably not cheap.
If you're electromechanically handy, you could build your own current sensing relay circuit that would sense when the CPAP was turned on and react by turning the O² concentrator on or opening a solenoid valve if using a tank as the O² source. I expect it could be done for less than $100. The relays aren't too expensive and the rest of the parts are common items you can get locally.