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Is upgrading worthwhile?
#1
Is upgrading worthwhile?
Is there really that much difference between the newer and older machines? The Dreamstation and the older Respironics BiPAP Auto with Bi-Flex seems to have virtually identical capabilities. It doesn’t seem worthwhile upgrading unless your older machine has actually died, (which is why I bought a new one). Any thoughts, any one?
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#2
RE: Is upgrading worthwhile?
It is hard to judge the capabilities of newer machines versus older machines without knowing the specifics of the therapy algorithms and if they have been updated to reflect a better understanding of treatment modalities. Therefore, I would consider the reliability of the new machine to be the significant factor, followed by cost. I would also be thankful that I had a backup machine.
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RE: Is upgrading worthwhile?
If you don't have a backup machine, then definitely, and as soon as possible. If you have a backup machine and your current machine is "optimally" treating yourself, well then you have plenty of time. I for one couldn't go without at least a lessor grade machine and I know that there are others who feel the same.
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RE: Is upgrading worthwhile?
(12-03-2020, 05:26 AM)BobbieM Wrote: Is there really that much difference between the newer and older machines? The Dreamstation and the older Respironics BiPAP Auto with Bi-Flex seems to have virtually identical capabilities. It doesn’t seem worthwhile upgrading unless your older machine has actually died, (which is why I bought a new one). Any thoughts, any one?

I recently (May 2020) upgraded my S9 Autoser to an Airsense 10 Autoset for Her.  Both were/are set to the same pressure range of 10 to 20, EPR 3.  With the S9 Autoset, my 95% pressure was averaging 14.6.  With the A10, I tested all 3 Auto modes, and the best one has me running a 95% pressure just above 11.  This drop is huge for someone with Aerophagia.  Sorry I can't offer any experience with Phillips gear, I've always used Resmed, but clearly Resmed has improved their treatment Algorithms in the last 5+ years.
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#5
RE: Is upgrading worthwhile?
It depends on how old your current machine is and how many hours are on it. If it's 5 or more years old and/or 15-20,000 hours yes start looking. Maybe when you do get a new machine, you'd consider a ResMed. That would be noticeably different in a better way. Possibly part of the reason you don't notice a difference in your Respironics is that the algorithm in each is basically the same, they don't bother modifying it much, but ResMed has. Just my 2 cents worth.
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RE: Is upgrading worthwhile?
Bobbie, an upgrade would have been Resmed. Sorry.
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RE: Is upgrading worthwhile?
Thank you very much all you people who responded. I didn’t realise that algorithms matter. I had always thought that if both machines provided, say, ramp or biPAP capabilities that the only difference would be price. I had not come across much information on the web regarding algorithms and never gave it any thought. Most useful, people.
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RE: Is upgrading worthwhile?
You're welcome. If you were to try the ResMed, you'd never go back to Respironics.
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RE: Is upgrading worthwhile?
I think it is fair to say that both Respironics and Resmed have offered the same basic therapy for the last 15-20 years in the CPAP class. Resmed made their CPAP a bilevel machine starting with the S8, and Respironics has been using the same C-Flex and A-Flex since 2002. Once a medical device is patented and has approval, it is very difficult to change it, so going back to the title of this thread, the replacement of a machine with another one from the same manufacturer has always been an update, not an upgrade. You get improvements in the interface, not the therapy. Patents and FDA approvals rule, and nothing substantially changes.

In the background, the patient is not really the consumer or customer. The decisions or choices are mostly made by doctors, DMEs and insurance, as well as the manufacturers that seek to limit your choice exclusively to their machine by contracting (buying influence) with doctors and suppliers for exclusive distribution rights. To become informed enough to know the difference among manufacturers, is really advanced. Most professionals in the sleep medicine field will simply tell you all CPAPs are the same. They're wrong. The differences are significant, but only by changing manufacturer and the associated patents and approvals. Is Android the same as Apple? Once you are in one system or the other, a new machine is just another 5+-year commitment. Both will work predictably, but changing brands might give you functionality that works better for your health.
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RE: Is upgrading worthwhile?
I really am grateful for all the replies. Although I have used CPAP for some time, it’s only recently that I’ve done any research (my excuse is that I grew up in the pre-internet era when people placed their faith in their one medical provider). The doctor recommended the vendor and the vendor (understandably) was not into educating me and told me they would adjust all the settings for me in line with my doctor’s recommendation. It’s only on replacing my old machine that I found out the vendor had disabled the ramp function on that machine (among other things they disabled). No wonder I found compliance difficult. I even stopped using CPAP for a while because it was so uncomfortable. I am really grateful for this forum and happy that I stumbled across it. Thank you folks.
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