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Replacing Resmed S8 autoset
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Last Saturday my S8 died. Machine is still alive but no air. My insurance doesn't cover DME so I'm on my own. To the rescue, my sister in law has (had) two Respironics BiPAP S/T machines that her husband doesn't use. I looked up the info on my S8, and set up the bipap as close to the S8 as I could. Set the bipap to cpap mode and I'm good until I can get a new sleep study done and provided my sleep clinic will work with me and the bipap.

I've been cpaping for 1 month short of 6 years. Tried the full mask first but hated it. Tried the mouth/nose pillowsn next. Hated that even more. At first i liked it and had no problems, then started having problems with the pillows sliding out of my nose and waking me up, kinda defeats the purpose of cpap, lol. Went back to my full mask, and despite having to pop one side loose to scratch my nose, finally got used to it. Didn't realise how much so until my S8 broke. Couldn't get to sleep, couldn't stay asleep, and worst of all, the snoring was back with a vengeance! Where palette meets throat was so sore, I could barely swallow.

So, misfortune and fortune being what they are, for the foreseeable future, it's going to be a bipap instead of a cpap. Will miss the auto-titrating, but what can I say...
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Hi Ognom,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
It's great to hear that you were able to get a different machine.
Good luck to you and much success as you continue your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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The BiPAP S/T should work well for you in CPAP mode, and depending on the model, it may provide detailed data that can help you make decisions. It's a lot less expensive and inconvenient than a sleep study. If this is a 50 or 60 series rather than earlier model, it will have a SD slot at the top-rear of the blower. Take a look, and if that is present, we can help you look at the data.
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(04-30-2016, 09:42 AM)Sleeprider Wrote: The BiPAP S/T should work well for you in CPAP mode, and depending on the model, it may provide detailed data that can help you make decisions. It's a lot less expensive and inconvenient than a sleep study. If this is a 50 or 60 series rather than earlier model, it will have a SD slot at the top-rear of the blower. Take a look, and if that is present, we can help you look at the data.

Thanks to all for the welcomes and replies.

I'm not sure but from the research I've done, it appears to be a PR System One BiPAP S/T Series C, made around 2010. It does have the SD card and I'm using Encore Basic software. Tried the SleepyHead software but it doesn't seem to work with my machine...

I'm lucky enough to have insurance that covers the study, $10 co-payment, but they don;t cover DME.
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The latest Sleepyhead linked at the top of the forum will now read the PRS1 1050/1060, so you should be able to see good efficacy data. If a sleep study is not a hardship, I'd take it as operating a S/T (spontaneous/timed breaths) machine is probably not your best choice for OSA. Getting a auto-CPAP that adjusts pressure as need through the night seems to be a better fit.
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(05-03-2016, 01:41 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: The latest Sleepyhead linked at the top of the forum will now read the PRS1 1050/1060, so you should be able to see good efficacy data. If a sleep study is not a hardship, I'd take it as operating a S/T (spontaneous/timed breaths) machine is probably not your best choice for OSA. Getting a auto-CPAP that adjusts pressure as need through the night seems to be a better fit.

I agree 100% however, I can't afford a new (or used) machine and this bipap was free. My sleep study is scheduled for May 20th and I'm hoping I can find a pressure that's right for me. My S8 was set for 4-20 and for the last year, it has averaged 13.8. I have set the bipap to cpap mode and the pressure to 13 as it only allows whole numbers. If I could, I would get an S9 or equivalent.
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The current version is the Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset. The Philips Respironics Dreamstation Auto is pretty much the equal. While using the BiPAP S/T, you can look at the data and see how you're doing.

If your average pressure was 13.8 in autoset mode, then that is probably not high enough pressure for you in CPAP mode. Normally, CPAP is titrated a the 90% pressure to ensure the airway stays open in different sleep positions and stages. That is the advantage of an auto machine, that it backs off pressure.
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(05-04-2016, 01:10 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: The current version is the Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset. The Philips Respironics Dreamstation Auto is pretty much the equal. While using the BiPAP S/T, you can look at the data and see how you're doing.

If your average pressure was 13.8 in autoset mode, then that is probably not high enough pressure for you in CPAP mode. Normally, CPAP is titrated a the 90% pressure to ensure the airway stays open in different sleep positions and stages. That is the advantage of an auto machine, that it backs off pressure.

So, today I broke down and took my S8 apart. Took out the blower and blew it out with some compressed air and made sure it turned freely. Cleaned the switch contacts on the main board and on the buttons. Yee Haw! I have a bipap as a backup and I have my S8 back Banana.

I still have my sleep study appointment on the 20th and am going to keep it just to see how things have changed since 2010.
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