While returning a loaner machine today in exchange for my repaired S9 Autoset, I heard something surprising from the RT I've been dealing with at my DME. She told me that recently, the sleep center at the large community hospital informed her DME that from now on successful SA therapy is considered achieved when an AHI level below 10 (rather than the previous goal of 5) has been achieved. Patients with AHIs below 10 are asymptomatic, according to the hospital's sleep center.
Has anyone else heard this? I'm wondering if it's just this particular sleep center's new number, or if it's more widespread. I'm also wondering if this change was insurance driven, either by Medicare or private insurers.
Has there been some new research demonstrating that an AHI under 10 is good to go, when previously it was not. I doubt that.
03-31-2016, 07:47 PM
(This post was last modified: 03-31-2016, 08:11 PM by zonk.)
If my memory correct, I recall a French board member, said in France ... fewer than 10 events per hour is normal
As for me, I like my AHI to be below 1 or at most below 2, not 5 or 10
Edit: not sure, if he was talking about AHI or RDI