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Pressure on CPAP
07-21-2013, 10:57 AM
I took my sleep study test an measured a 5, yet they set my pressure at a 16. Why? My mask therapist said she has never set a 16 for anyone. She said that my pressure is too high and I should ask to have it lowered. I did and have not heard anything.
07-21-2013, 11:27 AM
To make sure we understand you correctly:
You had a sleep study. During which they determined your treatment pressure should be 5.
You pick up the machine, but the doc order said to set it to 16, not 5.
The treatment pressure of 16 is not unheard of so not sure what the supplier meant.
If this is the scenario, then call the doc office and insist on speaking with the doc's assistant (usually a nurse) and explain the problem to that person. Tell him/her you expect an answer within 24hrs.
While you have them on the phone, also request a copy of your sleep study and the interpretation, if you do not already have it. This is part of your medical record and they cannot deny it to you. The nurse may say it is a complicated document but don't believe it.
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07-21-2013, 11:45 AM
WELCOME! to the forum.!
What Paula said.
Hang in there for more responses to your post.
Best of luck with CPAP therapy.
07-21-2013, 10:50 PM
5 seems incredibly low to me. I don't think I've ever been below 9, even when I first developed apnea. 16 is not unheard of. I'm on 15. I've been up to 23. The machines go up to 25, sometimes 30. Are you sure 5 is the pressure from the study? Sounds more like an AHI (number of breathing incidents per hour). Can you get a copy of the study report from your doctor?
07-22-2013, 08:17 AM
(07-21-2013, 11:27 AM)PaulaO2 Wrote: To make sure we understand you correctly:
07-22-2013, 08:24 AM
I was measured at a 5 for the sleep study---not the pressure. At a 5, I am told, very low and that they usually don't start with a CPAP until 6. I don't care about that. It is the pressure that is set at 16. The mask gets all kinds of air gaps, but when I get it seated well, it is ok. I have slept with it the last two nights with no problems. Funny, that I got your reply because the doctor's office called and said that he ordered it to be turned down to a 13. I think this will be MUCH better. Thank you so much for replying.
07-22-2013, 10:29 AM
My sleep study number was 37. They first set my pressure at 8 and most nights I was between 2 and 5 AHI with a Swift FX Nasal mask after a month the RN lowered my pressure to 6 and my nightly AHI numbers are now below 1. The lowered pressure eliminated most mask leaks.
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