I just bought a ResMed S8 Lightweight ANZ Limited Edition CPAP Machine. It came with a hose and a ResMed Humidaire Plus Humidifier. Im not going to use it until Ive had a sleep study and all of that done with a doctor. I just wanted to learn a bit about the machine's Clinical Mode Settings. Could someone explain what these settings in my machines clinical mode mean: START CPAP, CPAP, CALIBRATE, ALT, RAMP, MAX RAMP
The S8 is a workable machine so if you got a really cheap price there is no reason to discard it
I wouldn't mind having one as a backup in case my S9 were to stop working -- i.e., until a new one could be ordered and arrived.
While both S8 and S9 have been technically superseded by the S10, the S10 doesn't seem to offer any must have features for most people and I am uncertain if I would trade my S9 straight up for one if offered. Most of us with Resmed machines have S9s so the S8 is not TOTALLY obsolete.
Out of context, I might get some of those terms wrong (as they releate to buttons/settings on the machine) so get the S8 clinical manual (linked around here somewhere) and check them out.
Ramp is pretty easy, that's a "slow start" or "ramping up" of the pressure when you initially turn on the machine. Let's say you therapeutic pressure is 10-12, the ramp might spend 45 minutes getting you from 6 to 10 at the start of the night -- in theory, giving you time to go to sleep.
Truth is, practically all of us disable ramp as a feature in search of a problem. It probably causes more problems than it solves. (But for those who like and use it then it is a nice feature to have on the machine. Everyone is different.)
CPAP probably just means (in the context of the machine settings) the machine will deliver a CONSTANT pressure all night, e.g., 10, rather than ADJUST (APAP) as needed. Most people just starting out, with no sleep study, would want to use the APAP settings. Perhaps 6-15 as a start, just to see what the machine will do and what the data will read after a few nights sleeping with it.
Unfortunately, the manufacturers seem to have (almost) purposely chosen a naming scheme to CONFUSE various machines of the same era. S8 machines come in a variety of capabilities and I am no expert on the various models -- someone will be along to discuss your particular (Resmed S8 Lightweight ANZ Limited Edition) machine's features, especially it's data capabilities.
You really need a machine that works with either Resmed software or Sleepyhead. I would much rather an old S8 with data capability than a new S9 later without that feature.
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)
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