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Please Help with Settings
#1
I'm having trouble with allergies and need to increase the air pressure/flow on my Resmed Aircurve 10 VAUTO machine for a little while. The doctor who oversees my sleep apnea no longer accepts insurance, and the supply company refuses to adjust settings without a prescription. I can't afford to spend at least several hundred dollars changing the settings for an issue that will eventually be resolved on its own.

I found on this website how to access the clinician settings, but am unsure what change(s) to make. Also, I really don't want to mess up anything.

My current settings are:
Mode Auto
Max IPAP 10.0
Min EPAP 5.0
PS 4.0
Ti Max 2.0s
Ti Min 0.3s
Trigger Med
Cycle Med

I have no idea what any of this means. I tried looking up manuals online, but they were all way too technical. Can anyone explain to a layperson what the above means and what I should do? I just need slightly increased airflow to offset the congestion. Thanks in advance!
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#2
Welcome

These are set to default; and they are normally left at default:
Ti Max 2.0s
Ti Min 0.3s
Trigger Med
Cycle Med

I would leave PS the same. The two to tweak are Max IPAP and Min EPAP.
The VAUTO switches between two pressures. IPAP on inhale; and EPAP on exhale.
This machine will always hold the relationship that IPAP - EPAP = PS.

Your present settings allow IPAP to range from 9.0 to 10.0 (Because 10 is max; and IPAP is always EPAP + PS = 5.0 + 4.0 = 9.0)
EPAP can only range from 5.0 (the min) and 6.0 because at 6.0 IPAP hits it's max.

ergo, I would increase Max IPAP from 10.0 to 11.0 and give it a try.
The machine will not raise pressure unless events determine that it needs to.
That's a good start.

Download either ReScan or Sleepyhead to follow your therapy.
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#3
Allergy meds are probably a more useful solution.
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#4
justMongo: Thank you very much! You were succinct and informative. I'll adjust IPAP to 11. I'd been tracking on myAir, but I'll look into SleeyHead and Rescan.

Maskup Sleepwell: Obviously, I tried that first.
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#5
Hi wilfulblue,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Good luck to you as you continue your CPAP therapy and keep us posted on how you do with the new setting.
trish6hundred
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#6
I figured as much but don't like to assume. It goes along along with 'did you plug it in' lol ... Hope you're new pressure helps.
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#7
Hi wilfulblue,

Welcome to the Apnea Board. Start with slow changes as JM suggests. Install the Sleepyhead software. Do some reading and take charge of your treatment.

Rich
Apnea Board Member RobySue has posted a Beginners Guide to Sleepyhead Software here:  http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...SleepyHead

Download Sleepyhead
Organize your Sleepyhead Charts
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