(01-09-2016, 02:04 PM)OpalRose Wrote: Just make sure your are trialing an APAP machine.
Actually, if you are paying out-of-pocket then I strongly suggest skipping the trial (saving a lot of money) and simply buying a bilevel Auto machine. Because a bilevel Auto machine can be set up to operate like an APAP or even a fixed-pressure CPAP machine, a new prescription is not strictly needed. You can buy a bilevel Auto from Supplier #2
using your present prescription, and the machine will auto-adjust itself, and for further improvement you can tweek the settings with help from fellow members.
Bilevel Auto machines are the optimal machine for treating UARS.
Specifically, an APAP machine is not able to optimally treat UARS.
Certainly, if you decide to go forward with a rental trial (a waste of money in my view) do please at least completely refuse to accept any machine on trial that is not a bilevel Auto.
I recommend the economical Philips Respironics System One BiPAP Auto (DS760 in USA or DS761 in Canada).
On Philips bilevel Auto machines Pressure Support is self-adjusting (in addition to EPAP, the pressure during exhalation, being self-adjusting), which is a neat feature which the others lack. Pressure Support is the amount the pressure is boosted during inhalation to help overcome UARS. On bilevel Auto machines from other manufacturers EPAP self-adjusts (to automatically minimize how many obstructive apneas are occurring) and Pressure Support is fixed (manually adjusted).
Quote:Supplier #2 offers gently used and also open box new machines.
Right. For example, from website of Supplier #2
Gently Used Respironics System One DS760 BIPAP Auto Machine
Your Price $649.00
Low hour, gently used, 6 month warranty.
Heated Tubing Optional.
By the way, it is worth it to include the heated hose option (the option includes the heated hose, an upgraded power supply and different humidifier lid) and pay a little more up front.