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Help getting a new machine
#11
RE: Help getting a new machine
Good luck and I hope you enjoy your new machine
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#12
RE: Help getting a new machine
Well, after my first night using my new PAP machine (Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset for Her), despite having multiple arousals, I think my sleep was better overall. I will be posting my data as soon as I am off (still have 2 overnights to go at work). Two things already caught my attention however:

1. My settings were 8-14 mm Hg, EPR 3. After my first night of use I looked up at my stats using the machine interface, and it listed AHI = 0.9, Total AI = 0.9, Central Apnea = 0.9. It also listed the (titrated) pressure as 8.6 mm Hg (in contrast to my fixed prescribed pressure of 11 mm Hg). I thought that was a considerable difference in pressure.

2. I have had the same Airfit P10 nasal pillow for 1.5 years. I would clean it daily with lintless CPAP wipes [Commercial Link Removed] Search Amazon for,  90E20290-8335-4766-852A-256FD275ED94; and every 2-4 weeks with lukewarm water and dish soap. However, it wasn’t until yesterday that I decided to finally use my (new) spare P10 pillow. The amount of exhaust coming out of the new P10 was significantly more powerful and noticeable than in my old one. In fact, I re-tested my old one and to my horror, the exhaust draft was insignificant in comparison (and had been for a while, I just got used to not hearing the usually loud hissing sound). I started reading about clogged exhaust ports in P10 masks in this and other cpap forums and came across multiple reports. While the main cause is obvious (my stupidity), it may lend an explanation as to why I started experiencing multiple awakenings (15-20 plus a night) for the last 2 months. The issue had gotten worse over the last 3 weeks (temperatures have been low around here), which coincided with incidents of bad rainout in my hose (copious amounts despite taking precautions such as using fleece hose covers, etc). I am thinking the extra fluid may have increased the clogging. That would explain why, at times I kept feeling out of breath and had to take my mask off to breathe in fresh air (I tape my mouth). Something just felt off.

Again, I am sure the issue is multifactorial and that the Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset for Her will improve my sleep (hopefully) thanks to its many many features and data collecting capability, but I think I have to be more cognizant of other more obvious issues, like proper mask care.


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#13
RE: Help getting a new machine
Good observation on the P10 mask. Did you replace the whole frame, or just the nasal cushion? It is the frame that has the mesh exhaust vent, and it is suseptible to clogging when wet. Also, I think using a wipe cleaning method might just drive contamination into the pores. I would prefer to see a biweekly scrubbing rather than wiping of the mesh. It is the cushion that needs more frequent cleaning, and getting it soapy and rinsing seems to work well for that.
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I replaced the whole frame, and yes, I have started suspecting that my precious wipes might be clogging the micropores as well Sad. I may have to start wiping only the nasal cushion (on a daily basis), and then just do a biweekly cleaning of the entire mask, with scrubbing for the exhaust vent. 
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In my opinion a soak in hydrogen peroxide is the best cleaning method for a P10 mesh. Rinse and if possible blow it out with compressed air, but it must fully dry.
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#16
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I like the hydrogen peroxide idea, I will try it next time I clean. I have an electrical compressed air machine for cleaning inside my PC, I could use it to dry the micropores cause it packs a hell of a punch. I also read glowing reviews on another forum about the Bleep mask, so I was contemplating the idea of buying it.
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Bleep reviews here as well http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...Sleep-Mask
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