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Posts: 1,907
Joined: Jul 2012

Machine: S9 VPAP Adapt (USA Model# 36007, not better 36037 or 36067)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F10 or SimPlus w/ 2Liners. MirageQuatro & Gecko gel pad
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 15 EPAP, PS 5-10
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: Marfan Syndrome, chronic bradycardia, occasional Cheyne-Stokes Respiration

Sex: Male
Location: California, USA

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(01-26-2013 09:41 AM)busteddrum Wrote:  I'm getting a new computer and will get into the software and data analysis soon. It is really exciting to be able to see and feel the benefits.

Hi busteddrum, welcome to Apnea Board!

Looks like you have hit the ground running and are off to a great start.

Your profile says your Pressure is 20, which could mean a range like 4-20.

How low to set the minimum pressure on an Auto PAP is mostly a comfort choice. If you ever feel like it is even slightly hard to inhale then it would probably help to raise the bottom end of the range.

Some respiratory techs leave the range wide open, 4-20 cmH2O, which I think makes some new users give up and quit because the low end is too low for them.

Because I am accustomed to high pressure, I feel like I'm suffocating if my minimum is set less than 9 or 10, but I think even a new user may soon prefer 6 or higher.

Some experienced users find they do best when their minimum pressure is set fairly close to their 95% pressure (the pressure the machine stays at or lower 95% of the time). This means they are running their APAP machine nearly like a constant pressure CPAP machine, except whenever needed the APAP machine will automatically adjust itself higher.

Take care,

Membership in the Advisory Member group should not be understood as in any way implying medical expertise or qualification for advising Sleep Apnea patients concerning their treatment. The Advisory Member group provides advice and suggestions to Apnea Board administrators and staff on matters concerning Apnea Board operation and administrative policies - not on matters concerning treatment for Sleep Apnea. I think it is now too late to change the name of the group but I think Voting Member group would perhaps have been a more descriptive name for the group.
(This post was last modified: 01-26-2013 03:59 PM by vsheline.)
01-26-2013 03:30 PM
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