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lmcdowel Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher-Paskell Flexifit 405
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 10-ish?
CPAP Software: Compliance Manager

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Question Lots of questions about new ResMed
I'm awfully glad to find the ApneaBoard. Thanks for providing so much information already from thoughtful forum posts and responses. Getting the ResMed a couple of days ago reminds me of being in the hospital after a car accident, and being left alone in a hallway for an hour after an MRI, waiting for an orderly to take me back to bed. I was stuck in a wheelchair with broken bones and nothing to read, and three people scolded me for (gasp!) looking through my patient chart. CPAP therapy, while vital to my ability to sleep, feels the same--like my treatment details are illegal knowledge that I'm somehow wrong for wanting to know.

I've been using a Fisher-Paykell with a cold passive humidifier tank for several years, and just got switched to a ResMed S9. The "therapist" spent more time showing me how to plug it in than explaining anything about the system, and I have lots of questions. For instance, at one point she mentioned Bipap, but I don't see anything in my manuals about that. She told me I would see an AHI, but the sleep report is blank after two nights; I only have compliance hours showing.

I think I have an AutoSet because the ref # on the back is 36005A, but I'm not sure because I don't see any references to a model on the machine, and my manuals cover several models in the S9 series. I think any effective features of the AutoSet may not work because I'm still using a small hoard of F-P nasal masks.

I am hoping that the new machine will have enough pressure to keep the sinuses clearer--one reason I asked for a new machine (5--count 'em--5 months ago) was that I didn't think the 9-year-old F-P was keeping pressure, in addition to making whinging noises. I am wondering if I need to switch to a ResMed mask the next time I can reorder so that I can take advantage of the features of a ResMed AutoSet, if that is indeed what I have.

More immediately, I need advice on cleaning the tank. I think I need to up my game now that any wee critters will be sitting in a tank of lovely warm water. For the cold tank, I only changed the distilled water once a week or so, and used vinegar to disinfect because I have hard well water and the tank was swish-clean only. I think I need to up my game now that any wee critters will be sitting all night in a tank of lovely warm water. At least I can actually open this one! Last night, the only mild detergent in the bathroom was Woolite, so I used that, but I'm not sure it's the best. I've seen references to some products on the Forum, but am unfamiliar with them or their usefulness working with hard well water.

Sorry to unload so many questions at once. Trust me, this is the tip of the iceberg! I'll be grateful for suggestions or advice.
02-02-2014 11:01 PM
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Machine: ResMed VPAP Auto (S9)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18 IPAPmax - 11 EPAPmin, PS=5
CPAP Software: Other Software

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Post: #2
RE: Lots of questions about new ResMed
I used white vinegar to clean my tank. The pH kills most bacteria.
We need to know which S9 model you have.
There are two ways to read out your S9 AHI -- through software using an SD data card and software such as Sleepyhead.
Or, you can view it in the clinicians menu.
Find your model and then find the email links to request your clinician manual.
Then email for either sleepyhead or ResMed's analysis software.

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02-02-2014 11:08 PM
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Tez62 Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage Quattro
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CPAP Pressure: 5-15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Location: Melbourne, Australia

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RE: Lots of questions about new ResMed
Welcome, Imcdowel, the model name is next to the power button on the CPAP Smile You dont have to have the same brand of mask as the CPAP if you are comfortable with the one you have stick with it.
There has been a recent post on Humidifier water and tank cleaning, you will get so many different opinions, personally I clean everything twice a week and top up the distilled water daily.
02-02-2014 11:08 PM
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CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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RE: Lots of questions about new ResMed
This is the link to Sleepyhead and some Youtube videos on it.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/sleepyhead Link to Sleepyhead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuAnzBVWYD4 Link to Sleepyhead Youtube Video part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmhXkmeJDIM Link to Sleepyhead Youtube Video part 2
02-02-2014 11:17 PM
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DeepBreathing Offline
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Machine: Resmed S9 VPAP Adapt
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: Resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: EPAP: 9 - 15 PS: 3 - 10
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Perth, Western Australia

Post: #5
RE: Lots of questions about new ResMed
G'day lmcdowel - welcome to the club.

First thing we need to do is confirm what machine you have. The model should be printed on the top, just next to the on/off button. From this link: it confirms you have an Autoset.
http://www.resmed.com/us/assets/document...er_eng.pdf

The machine records the detailed data which you can read using ResScan or SleepyHead software. There are also internal settings which control how much the patient can see on the LCD screen. To access these, download a copy of the Clinician's manual, and start reading about the available menus from P11 onwards.

Links to the manuals and software can be found here: http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Forum-Private-Files-and-Links (You need to be logged in to access them).

In general, all masks are compatible with all machines, so if your existing masks are comfortable and don't leak, there's no point in changing. There is no electrical connection between the machine and the mask.

There's a LOT of discussion about cleaning your humidifier tank and other gear. I use distilled water, top it up each day, then dismantle the tank completely once a week. I wash everything in warm soapy water (just normal hand soap in a dispenser) then rinse in very hot water and allow to air dry. So far so good. Smile

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02-02-2014 11:33 PM
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lmcdowel Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher-Paskell Flexifit 405
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 10-ish?
CPAP Software: Compliance Manager

Other Comments: Software? 5x474-0907. I know it tracks compliance, but nothing else about it. Yet.

Sex: Female
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RE: Lots of questions about new ResMed
(02-02-2014 11:08 PM)Tez62 Wrote:  Welcome, Imcdowel, the model name is next to the power button on the CPAP Smile You dont have to have the same brand of mask as the CPAP if you are comfortable with the one you have stick with it.
There has been a recent post on Humidifier water and tank cleaning, you will get so many different opinions, personally I clean everything twice a week and top up the distilled water daily.

What? On top of the machine in bright shiny letters that I can't miss? Diabolical. Where's the smiley face with red cheeks when I need it?

Ahem. I have a Resmed AutoSet, and plan to learn how to use it!
02-02-2014 11:35 PM
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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

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Location: Missouri, USA

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RE: Lots of questions about new ResMed
Hi lmcdowel,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Which Resmed machine do you have?
Best of luck to you with the new machine and hang in there for more suggestions..

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02-02-2014 11:46 PM
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Tez62 Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: Resmed
CPAP Pressure: 5-15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Location: Melbourne, Australia

Post: #8
RE: Lots of questions about new ResMed
Thats fine, they don't make it very clear on the box or anywhere else. As long as it work, thats whats important Smile
02-02-2014 11:47 PM
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Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: ResMed
CPAP Pressure: 10.6/14, EPR 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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RE: Lots of questions about new ResMed
Hi lmcdowel, welcome to cpap nirvana.

Do download the Sleepyhead or Resscan software and install on your machine. I have come to prefer Sleepyhead.

But remember, remember, remember, --- just like I did not remember--- When you take the SD card out of your Resmed be sure to "lock" the card before you put it in the computer. That's a good idea for any windows version, but essential if you happen to be using the dreaded Windows 8.1. If you do not do this, then when you put the card back into your Resmed it will erase all your stored data. Which may cause your sleep doc to put you on timeout, or make you do pushups or something.
(This post was last modified: 02-03-2014 01:10 AM by retired_guy.)
02-03-2014 01:08 AM
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Machine: S9 VPAP Adapt (USA Model# 36007, not better 36037 or 36067)
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Mask Make & Model: F10 or SimPlus w/ 2Liners. MirageQuatro & Gecko gel pad
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 15 EPAP, PS 5-10
CPAP Software: ResScan

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RE: Lots of questions about new ResMed
(02-02-2014 11:01 PM)lmcdowel Wrote:  She told me I would see an AHI, but the sleep report is blank after two nights; I only have compliance hours showing.

Hi lmcdowel, welcome to the forum!

To see more than compliance hours, you will need to go into the Clinical Settings menu, and under Options you will need to turn on "Sleep quality".

You are off to a good start.

Take care,
--- Vaughn

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02-03-2014 02:44 AM
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