Hi folks. Brand new to cpap therapy and this forum.
When I got the machine I couldn't breathe - minimum set too low. I found the instructions for accessing the clinician's menu here on the forum and wow, it's been a lifesaver. So I really appreciate this being available here.
On to my question. It seems to me that the auto mode on the Resmed Autoset 9 only starts to work when I use the Mask Fit feature first. If I simply turn the machine on without running the Mask Fit, the machine runs at the minimum pressure set in the clinician's menu. I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to work this way, and I'm guessing I'm probably missing something. So, is there a way to simply turn on the machine and have it start in Auto mode? BTW I currently have the Ramp turned off, if that makes a difference. Would appreciate any suggestions here. Thanks!
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for suggestions and best of luck to you with your CPAP therapy.
The S9 Autoset will adjust, but it doesn't do it quite the way I think you're thinking it does. It will start at whatever pressure it is set at for a minimum (or ramp up to that pressure if you use the ramp feature). If you're having apnea events, it recognizes those and adjusts the pressure to try to keep them from happening again. After a while, it tries to back off toward the minimum pressure again. The goal is the minimum pressure needed to keep the airways open.
Unfortunately, it doesn't recognize or compensate for when the minimum setting is making you feel like you're suffocating....you're breathing, and that's fine from it's algorithm's point of view. If the machine was set up with the minimum really low, you or your clinician probably need to bump it up a little so you're a bit more comfortable.