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Wozzlegummich Offline

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Machine: RESMED Airsense S10 Auto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Sleepweaver Anew (Fabric) & Resmed Quattro
Humidifier: Integrated / Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Ramp 6.1 to 13.0
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: CPAP Noob - Started May 2015. Use MyAir website for a high level view & SMS alerting.

Sex: Male
Location: Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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Newbie CPAP Queries
After going through the whole sleep study x 2 and visits to the sleep doctor I am into the third night of my trials. They rated my AHI at 49 and my script says my machine's pressure should be set at 13.

I'm trialing a RESMED 10 AUTO from the local pharmacy (which has a whole section including a technician devoted to sleep disorders/apnea) with a full face mask. I have to go back every week for him to "check me & the machine out". I guess that means interpret the SD card data.

Couple of questions.
  1. Why are CPAP machines twice as expensive in Australia? Yes, DOUBLE!
  2. Do the special "CPAP pillows" really help keep a seal?


Thanks for this great site. I've already learnt heaps just clicking around here.
(This post was last modified: 05-27-2015 10:11 PM by Wozzlegummich.)
05-27-2015 10:05 PM
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zonk Offline

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Machine: A10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
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CPAP Pressure: 9/13
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Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

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RE: Newbie CPAP Queries
(05-27-2015 10:05 PM)Wozzlegummich Wrote:  Couple of questions.
  1. Why are CPAP machines twice as expensive in Australia? Yes, DOUBLE!
  2. Do the special "CPAP pillows" really help keep a seal?


Thanks for this great site. I've already learnt heaps just clicking around here.

1- The reason being, US such huge market account to half of the sales globally and in Australia they can charge as much as they like
Simple as that

I get all my stuff from US with the exception of air filters, I've been ripped off once but no more .... once bitten, twice shy

2- I've have not used any special pillows, good mask/fit is one way to a good mask seal

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05-27-2015 10:27 PM
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Wozzlegummich Offline

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Posts: 34
Joined: May 2015

Machine: RESMED Airsense S10 Auto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Sleepweaver Anew (Fabric) & Resmed Quattro
Humidifier: Integrated / Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Ramp 6.1 to 13.0
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: CPAP Noob - Started May 2015. Use MyAir website for a high level view & SMS alerting.

Sex: Male
Location: Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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RE: Newbie CPAP Queries
(05-27-2015 10:27 PM)zonk Wrote:  
(05-27-2015 10:05 PM)Wozzlegummich Wrote:  Couple of questions.
  1. Why are CPAP machines twice as expensive in Australia? Yes, DOUBLE!
  2. Do the special "CPAP pillows" really help keep a seal?


Thanks for this great site. I've already learnt heaps just clicking around here.

1- The reason being, US such huge market account to half of the sales globally and in Australia they can charge as much as they like
Simple as that

I get all my stuff from US with the exception of air filters, I've been ripped off once but no more .... once bitten, twice shy

2- I've have not used any special pillows, good mask/fit is one way to a good mask seal

Welcome
Thanks. This is much as I suspected - I can save at least $1K getting my machine from the U.S.
05-27-2015 10:32 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #4
RE: Newbie CPAP Queries
Hi Wozzlegummich,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I use a pillow filled with buckwheat hulls and like it very much, some say they are noisy but I don't find that to be the case and I find that it holds it's shape nicely. Of course, YMMV on this.
Hang in there for more suggestions and answers to your questions.
Much success to you with your CPAP therapy.

trish6hundred
05-28-2015 09:06 AM
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