(10-20-2012, 10:55 PM)bryank1 Wrote: I was told by the respiratory therapist from ResMed that a clear airway was a central apnea.
That's the jargon that those techs use. For a patient with simple OSA, the difference doesn't really matter. If your CA index is too high the remedy is to try and lower the pressure or just wait until the patient adjusts.
Whether you call these CA events clear-airway apneas (as Respironics machines do) or central apneas (as ResMed machines and respiratory techs do) is often just a matter of semantics.
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