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Please help me understand (CPAP vs. Auto-CPAP)
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RonWessels Offline

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Machine: REMstar Auto AFlex DS560TS
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ComfortGel Blue
Humidifier: REMstar Heated Tube DS6T
CPAP Pressure: 11 - 20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: CMS50F Pulse Oximeter

Sex: Male
Location: Ontario, Canada

Post: #21
RE: Please help me understand ......
(07-09-2013 06:08 PM)archangle Wrote:  3) Once you get used to the 12 cmH2O, you may feel like you're suffocating at 4 cmH2O. It doesn't "make sense," but many people experience this.

I certainly agree that it happens. One night not too long ago when I was having trouble falling asleep, I tried using the ramp feature again. It was set to start at 4 cmH2O, and I practically ripped the mask off, got up, and spent the next few minutes wide awake adjusting the minimum ramp pressure so that would never happen again.

On the other hand, you are comfortable at 12 cmH2O, suffocating at 4 cmH2O, but fine at 0 cmH2O (ie. no mask).

Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense!
(This post was last modified: 07-09-2013 06:19 PM by RonWessels.)
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Machine: PR System One REMstar Auto 550
Mask Type: Other
Mask Make & Model: ComfortGel Blue
Humidifier: PR System One REMstar Auto 550
CPAP Pressure: 04-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Location: NE Brazil

Post: #22
RE: Please help me understand ......
(07-09-2013 03:57 PM)RonWessels Wrote:  PaulaO2 does a good job of explaining one of the issues with wide open settings. But it's not the whole story....


Thanks a lot for this explanation. It is really helpful!
(07-09-2013 06:08 PM)archangle Wrote:  Why not use auto wide open all the time?

Assume that you need 12 cmH2O pressure, but your machine is set at 4-20...


Thanks a lot for this explanation!
(This post was last modified: 07-10-2013 11:55 AM by marcellocarvalho.)
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