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New member, still trying to figure out my machine
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hi all, i am new to the board today....found you looking for information on the settings on my system....i have complex sleep apnea...OSA is 74 episodes an hour with duration average of 20 sec [can't really understand those numbers Huhsign ] and on second study found i also have central apnea, so i am on a Respironics BiPAP S/T with the System One humidifier.... started with a setting of 16/11 then 18/11 and newest setting is 18/13 because still having 10.3 episodes... my question: isn't the 18 the amount of pressure IN??.. i am having a problem with the different techs, 4 so far, and each change has taken a couple of trips into the offices...my manual is no where to be found, though i would swear it was in my carrier, so now i would like to see which settings are in the machine, and clarify what they mean.....as of the last visit to the tech, i have less pressure going in......it is 13...so which setting is wrong?.... and where can i find a manual? and i have no idea of the software used, i know that one of the techs i saw tried to download from my smart card and was not able to.......thanks for any guidance you can give...
Shy sam
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(04-29-2012, 10:35 AM)sam18nov Wrote: .... and where can i find a manual? and i have no idea of the software used, i know that one of the techs i saw tried to download from my smart card and was not able to.......thanks for any guidance you can give...

Hi sam18nov. Welcome to the forum. You can find the clinician's manuals for many machines here, although I don't know if your's is included. Just check the various options - one lets you download immediately, the other requires an email response. Both are swift. If you don't find it here, let us know. Various forum members will undoubtedly have the same machine and be able to help more specifically.
Breathing keeps you alive. And PAP helps keep you breathing!
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(04-29-2012, 10:35 AM)sam18nov Wrote: OSA is 74 episodes an hour with duration average of 20 sec [can't really understand those numbers Huhsign ]

I think you mean that your AHI is 74. 74 episodes an hour means that 74 times each hour you either stop breathing or your breathing becomes very shallow. Each of these episodes lasts for 20 seconds

Quote:.... started with a setting of 16/11 then 18/11 and newest setting is 18/13 because still having 10.3 episodes... my question: isn't the 18 the amount of pressure IN??..

Yes. The first number is the pressure while inhaling, called the IPAP, the second number is the pressure while exhaling, called the EPAP.

It sounds like everything is going ok for you. Just see what happens after a few days of therapy. Hopefully you can get your AHI below 5. That's the goal.
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(04-29-2012, 10:35 AM)sam18nov Wrote: and i have no idea of the software used, i know that one of the techs i saw tried to download from my smart card and was not able to.......thanks for any guidance you can give...

Welcome aboard, sam!

Hopefully your sd card is not corrupted. As for the software, you might want to try SleepyHead (see the thread "[How to] SleepyHead CPAP Reporting Software - JediMark")

Hope this helps.
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Thank you so much!! i have requested the manual, and have been able to see the settings....

i know that the mask is blowing a LOT less pressure in my face... so what happened??... i have been playing with this since september...
i have no problem leaving the mask on and using it all nite, every nite....but have had horrible leak problems, and now the pressure is so low, no leaks.....definitely going to check out the links....want to see what is going on.....

thanks again!
samShy
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It sounds like you could use a little help adjusting your mask. Go to:

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(04-29-2012, 02:32 PM)Cutter Wrote: It sounds like you could use a little help adjusting your mask. Go to:

Shy thanks Cutter, very interesting.... will start playing with it....but not sure if it is needed now, since they backed off the pressure... makes me wish i knew what it was set on.....seems my card is blocked to downloads
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(04-29-2012, 02:50 PM)sam18nov Wrote: ....but not sure if it is needed now, since they backed off the pressure... makes me wish i knew what it was set on.....seems my card is blocked to downloads

The display on the machine shows you the pressure as you breathe in and out.

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Sorry for Jumping on the post but I just wanted to welcome the New Members and at last a European

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(04-29-2012, 11:56 AM)sam18nov Wrote: i have no problem leaving the mask on and using it all nite, every nite....but have had horrible leak problems, and now the pressure is so low, no leaks.....definitely going to check out the links....want to see what is going on.....
Congrats using it all nite every nite, amazing how we get used to the pressure sometimes have put my hand in front of the mask or move it away from my face just to feel the air blowing and the machine still on.

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