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Machine: PR System One REMstar Auto 560 with A Flex
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10 For Her
Humidifier: REMStar heated humidifier with heated hose
CPAP Pressure: Auto Cpap 10-13 AFLEX 1
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Started CPAP Therapy October 23, 2014

Sex: Female
Location: Northeast Ohio, USA

Post: #11
RE: Ready for an upgrade
partsman, there is not much to the upkeep of the humidifier on the newer machines. As long as you use distilled water, you just dump it every morning, let tank air dry and refill at night.
Wash with dawn soap and some use a vinegar rinse once a week.

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02-07-2016 12:34 PM
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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: Resmed Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Post: #12
RE: Ready for an upgrade
I'm here to say your tap water is just fine. I've been using mine since 2008 without a problem. As far as upkeep, just rinse and fill. If you notice deposits use a vinegar soak or I use Star San which is the sanitizer I use for cleaning beer brewing kegs, bottles and glassware.

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02-07-2016 01:32 PM
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Machine: Respironics Solo Plus LX
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage Activa LT
Humidifier: none
CPAP Pressure: 12
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Location: Eugene - Home of the Ducks!

Post: #13
RE: Ready for an upgrade
(02-07-2016 12:19 PM)Sleeprider Wrote:  Call Aetna and confirm their policy on rental or sale. Do not rely on your DME (salesman) to tell you they requrie rental. I have Aetna because my wife is also in the public sector. First-time users are required to lease the equipment for 3-6 months after which it is purchased upon demonstration of compliance. Veteran users like you and I can get the machines purchased outright. Don't ever believe a DME...best advise you'll get on this forum.

Here's the relevant text from my insurer, Moda Health, which I verified over the phone:

The Plan covers the rental charge (not to exceed the purchase price) for durable medical equipment.

If I remember right, they have you return the machine and lease you another when purchase price is met.

Problem now is that they've restructured our plan so that most regular expenses (doctor's office, etc.) don't go against the deductible, so I always have a big nut there. Last time I checked I had burned through my deductible, so I went to a sleep specialist and found out about the huge cost of a study and the leasing requirement, so I gave up.

(02-07-2016 01:32 PM)Sleeprider Wrote:  I'm here to say your tap water is just fine. I've been using mine since 2008 without a problem. As far as upkeep, just rinse and fill. If you notice deposits use a vinegar soak or I use Star San which is the sanitizer I use for cleaning beer brewing kegs, bottles and glassware.

I'm sure our tap water would be fine too. No added fluoride, and so clean we in the repair industry use it to top off vehicle batteries. Cascade mountain stream water!
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02-07-2016 02:05 PM
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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
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Humidifier: Resmed Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Post: #14
RE: Ready for an upgrade
Well, I have self-financed CPAP equipment for quite a while. I retired my M-series auto cpap received in 2008 a bit over a year ago with 20K hours. You have almost twice that. I purchased an auto CPAP and auto BiPAP off Craigslist, both with low hours and in very good condition for $200 and $350 respectively. With a high deductible policy at that time, it was by far the less expensive option.

Lots of good deals out there right now in new machines since Respironics just discontinued the PRS1 series for the DreamStation. That is your best bet, but it won't be around forever. Your timing is good.

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02-07-2016 02:14 PM
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partsman Offline

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Machine: Respironics Solo Plus LX
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage Activa LT
Humidifier: none
CPAP Pressure: 12
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Location: Eugene - Home of the Ducks!

Post: #15
RE: Ready for an upgrade
Hoping to not start a religious war but - what machine is going to be best for me? I'm guessing the older models are going to be best price/performance wise. Looks like I need APAP, humidifier, and heated hose. I am pretty tech-savvy so ease of navigating the operational interface doesn't scare me.

I see I can get an S9 in pink ;-) for a pretty good deal, and occasionally a really great deal, and the PR's for pretty good deals. Any other brands I should be considering?
02-07-2016 02:23 PM
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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Airfit P10 for Her
Humidifier: H5i humidifier with ClimateLine heated hose
CPAP Pressure: 8-15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Post: #16
RE: Ready for an upgrade
You are best off to stick with resmed and respironics, data wise. They are the best supported. I have a Resmed S9 Autoset, and it's the only machine I have ever used, its a great machine with a good amount of data. The Resmed algorithms seem to suit me, but I can't really compare. I believe resmed has the better pressure support model, with it's EPR, but the respironics machines report RERA (as do the newer resmed but not S9) as a tinkerer you may appreciate that the phillips respironics machines are 12v and are easier to battery operate than the 24v resmeds. (no power loss do to conversion, so smaller battery requirements and no need to purchase the $100 converter)

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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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02-07-2016 02:34 PM
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Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Activa LT
Humidifier: Integrated /ClimateLineAir
CPAP Pressure: 9/13
CPAP Software: ResScan

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Location: Australia

Post: #17
RE: Ready for an upgrade
(02-07-2016 02:23 PM)partsman Wrote:  I see I can get an S9 in pink ;-) for a pretty good deal, and occasionally a really great deal, and the PR's for pretty good deals. Any other brands I should be considering?
The pink S9 AutoSet is a good machine and just the same its silver cousin
You can always covered it, if bothered by the colour
Check supplier #29 for the price on pink
02-07-2016 04:16 PM
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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

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Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #18
RE: Ready for an upgrade
Hi partsman,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Wow, you have had your older machine for a long time.
Good luck to you on your new machine decision.
Much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.

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02-07-2016 06:36 PM
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partsman Offline

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Machine: Respironics Solo Plus LX
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage Activa LT
Humidifier: none
CPAP Pressure: 12
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Male
Location: Eugene - Home of the Ducks!

Post: #19
RE: Ready for an upgrade
OK, so I ended up purchasing the used PR System One REMstar Auto 560 with A Flex. Now I need to know how to do initial setup. I'm assuming I need to wipe any data on the previous owner's SD card, then set some pressures according to the information here on apneaboard.com. How do I bracket the pressures on the unit? My old machine is set at 12.

Thanks for all the help, everyone! Looking forward to geeking out on my sleep data. I assume I should download and use Sleepyhead, right?
02-29-2016 03:26 PM
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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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Post: #20
RE: Ready for an upgrade
Go to the top of the page to CPAP setup manuals; and get the one for your PR System One REMstar Auto 560 with A Flex.
That will give you the pathway to setup.
There should be a way to erase all data on the machine and reset it to factory defaults...
Just doing the SD card may leave data on the machine from previous use that will get written to the card.
Everything except blower hours can be reset. (That's how you can tell if it was just driven a few times down Colorado Blvd!)

Sleeprider is very knowledgeable of PR machines and can help you tune it.

You can bracket the upper and lower pressure limits around the former 12; like 10 minimum and perhaps 16 maximum.

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02-29-2016 04:30 PM
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