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Need help deciphering data from OSCAR
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Need help deciphering data from OSCAR
New member here but have been lurking for months! Thanks to all for the great information and discussions, I hope to now contribute myself now that I'm registered. 

My Question/Issue: 

During my last visit to my pulmonologist, with the complaint of daytime tiredness, he showed me his computer screen that showed I was doing just fine with my BiPap and that the machine and it's settings were not the issue. Not that I do not believe him but the data he had on his screen seemed too simple. I figured these newer machines (mine is a Dream Machine set on auto bi-pap) would give all kinds of data that would show every little nuance. His screen only showed a little bit of data such as leaks and AHI. 

So I researched here and downloaded the OSCAR software. After uploading my SD Card....all sorts of data came up! Way more than he had on his screen!

Issue is, I have no clue what half of it means and if I should be concerned about any of the read outs or which ones I should be focusing on. 

Can all that data be uploaded somewhere and someone much more versed in it look it over and give me some thoughts or some things to look deeper into? Or maybe point me to a simple breakdown of how/what to be looking at within the OSCAR software. 

Thanks in advance! 
Nick
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RE: Need help deciphering data from OSCAR
Hi Nick - take a look at this, and post an example night or two per the instructions?

http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ganization
Caveats: I'm just a patient, with no medical training. And my first experience with xPAP was fairly recent. So I'm somewhere along the path of a steep learning curve.
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RE: Need help deciphering data from OSCAR
Nick, as Slowwriter said the answer is yes, the place is here.
There are many people here that are more than capable of helping you with an interpretation of OSCAR data and offering solid advice on changes to your settings if needed. This includes OSCAR's Developers and Staff.
Fred Bonjour - Project Manager and Lead Tester for OSCAR - Open Source CPAP Analysis Reporter 
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RE: Need help deciphering data from OSCAR
(01-02-2020, 04:58 PM)bonjour Wrote: Nick,  as Slowwriter said the answer is yes, the place is here.  
There are many people here that are more than capable of helping you with an interpretation of OSCAR data and offering solid advice on changes to your settings if needed.  This includes OSCAR's Developers and Staff.

Wow, I'm learning very  quickly that this software and those who developed/run it, might know a thing or two Smile

So i believe I followed the directions correctly and have attached 2 screenshots. Is this an ok place to post them or should I start a new thread or in a new category? 

   

   
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RE: Need help deciphering data from OSCAR
Nick, I have edited your post to tidy things up for you. This is the right place to post your charts and questions - we prefer you to keep all your stuff together.

Your charts look pretty darn good on the whole, but I'll let others comment on that.

Some of the background to interpret the data can be found in the links below. And yes, OSCAR certainly does show you a heck of a lot more than the doctor typically sees. It's not that he doesn't have the data available, it's just that docs don't have the time or financial incentive to dig into the details and intricacies, so in many cases they only look at the summary data. They look for compliance, AHI and an overall impression of how you're feeling.

Oscar help: http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...OSCAR_Help

CPAP data interpretation: http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...rpretation

Beginner's guide to SleepyHead: http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...SleepyHead
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RE: Need help deciphering data from OSCAR
Stistudent, you have a BiPAP set to provide 0-8 pressure support. Chande the Pressure support to a range of 3-4 and you will be amazed at the difference. Just because a machine is supposed to be automatic doesn’t mean it performs best without optimization. This should clear up hypopnea and flow limits a bit. We can review after you try the change
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(01-03-2020, 04:38 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: Stistudent, you have a BiPAP set to provide 0-8 pressure support. Chande the Pressure support to a range of 3-4 and you will be amazed at the difference. Just because a machine is supposed to be automatic doesn’t mean it performs best without optimization. This should clear up hypopnea and flow limits a bit. We can review after you try the change

Thanks for the reply and suggestion. I’m looking for any help on optimization I can get!

I’m pretty familiar with my menu options and setup but not this one. Does ‘pressure support’ go by another name by chance?

(01-02-2020, 11:53 PM)DeepBreathing Wrote: Nick, I have edited your post to tidy things up for you. This is the right place to post your charts and questions - we prefer you to keep all your stuff together.

Your charts look pretty darn good on the whole, but I'll let others comment on that.

Some of the background to interpret the data can be found in the links below. And yes, certainly does show you a heck of a lot more than the doctor typically sees. It's not that he doesn't have the data available, it's just that docs don't have the time or financial incentive to dig into the details and intricacies, so in many cases they only look at the summary data. They look for compliance, AHI and an overall impression of how you're feeling.

Thanks for the reply and the links. I’ll for sure give them a look! I was hoping there was something glaring to explain my daytime fatigue but will just have to keep digging
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RE: Need help deciphering data from OSCAR
I figured pressure support out, it’s the min/max difference between ipap and epap. I’ll change to min 3 max 4 and see what happens. 

I had it on 0 as min because my menu readings were showing my average ipap and epap to be almost the same (almost like a cpap) so I figured they needed to be that close. 

Now changing to 3/4 won’t allow it, correct?
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