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Should XPAPs Have Built In Alarms?
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I am on pain meds for an operation I had today. The team at the hospital took the apnea very seriously. They closely monitored me. I was also warned about the "Micheal Jackson Syndrome". To be careful with my apnea and the narcotics. This got me thinking that it might be good to have xPAP machines actually sound off an audible alarm to wake up users if they have a prolonged clear airway event. Or any prolonged event. I know the machines do that fluttering pressure thing, but if someone is really out that probably won't wake them up.

Or maybe some machines do this already?
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#2
Some of the Resmed VPAP machines have an alarm as a module which fits between the blower and the humidifier. These are mainly ventilators rather than xPAP devices though.

http://www.resmed.com/us/en/commercial-p...ivaps.html
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I agree that it would be useful, but on the other hand, it potentially would increase liability for cpap manufacturers. That would increase the price and lower sales.
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#4
If you have breathing cessations that are life-threatening, then a CPAP or APAP is not your solution. Ventilators are sometimes equipped with alarms, but if someone is actually at risk of severe desaturations, then an O2 monitor with alarms might be more to the point. Any alarm will be subject to a lot of falsing, and would be an irritation. I'm sure you've stayed in a hospital where monitors and alarms are hooked up. IMO alarms are mostly not for the patient, they are for the caregiver.

Bottom line, I would not want this feature on a machine I own.
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