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wilfulblue Offline

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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 VAUTO
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Philips Respironics DreamWear
Humidifier: Resmed Aircurve 10
CPAP Pressure: unsure
CPAP Software: Other Software

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Please Help with Settings
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!
09-02-2016 10:10 AM
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Machine: ResMed VPAP Auto (S9)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18 IPAPmax - 11 EPAPmin, PS=5
CPAP Software: Other Software

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Sex: Male
Location: Калифорния

Post: #2
RE: Please Help with Settings
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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09-02-2016 10:48 AM
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Maskup Sleepwell Offline

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Machine: Respironics Dreamstation Auto BiPAP
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed AirFit F10 FFM
Humidifier: Dreamstation Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: EP 16-20 IP 17.5-20 PS 1.5-4.0
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncorePro

Other Comments: Untreated AHI 48.0 - Treated AHI 1.1 (30 day average)

Sex: Male
Location: Santa Clarita, California

Post: #3
RE: Please Help with Settings
Allergy meds are probably a more useful solution.
09-02-2016 11:46 AM
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wilfulblue Offline

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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 VAUTO
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Philips Respironics DreamWear
Humidifier: Resmed Aircurve 10
CPAP Pressure: unsure
CPAP Software: Other Software

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Location: USA

Post: #4
RE: Please Help with Settings
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.
(This post was last modified: 09-02-2016 12:42 PM by wilfulblue.)
09-02-2016 12:39 PM
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trish6hundred Online

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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: #5
RE: Please Help with Settings
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
09-02-2016 04:15 PM
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Maskup Sleepwell Offline

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Machine: Respironics Dreamstation Auto BiPAP
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed AirFit F10 FFM
Humidifier: Dreamstation Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: EP 16-20 IP 17.5-20 PS 1.5-4.0
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncorePro

Other Comments: Untreated AHI 48.0 - Treated AHI 1.1 (30 day average)

Sex: Male
Location: Santa Clarita, California

Post: #6
RE: Please Help with Settings
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.
09-02-2016 05:03 PM
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richb Online

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Machine: Resmed AirCurve 10 ASV
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage FX
Humidifier: Built in
CPAP Pressure: Epap 6 Ipap 8 Auto ASV
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Idiopathic Central Apnea

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Location: Vermont

Post: #7
RE: Please Help with Settings
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
09-02-2016 08:13 PM
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