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Thank you for the info. I will work to get a copy of the full titration after my shoulder surgery today. I do know for a fact that the sleep doc is planning to have me test to come up with better settings as he doesn't believe in perfect settings from one night in a strange bed. His first step is getting medicare to allow the machine,and, if I am sure that I want a certain machine, he will tell the DME to get it for me. Someone smarter than I needs to pick 'ONE' machine. Do all ASV machines do a backup breathing rate? Is that a default setting?

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(10-18-2014, 06:35 PM)Peter_C Wrote: Don't they have to add something for the backup breathing too?

The backup rate on the S9 VPAP Adapt will be automatic, meaning it will be based on your recent respiration rate.

On the PRS1 BiPAP autoSV Advanced the backup rate can also be automatic, or it can be set to a fixed backup rate such as 12 breaths per minute.


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With the specs as written, and assuming they mean EPAP/minPS/maxPS, they essentially specify a fixed bi-level machine...
one pressure (settable) for EPAP,
one pressure (Settable) for IPAP (EPAP + PS).

I am concerned that the DME may not feel "legally covered" to give you an Adapt or even a VPAP of any sort.
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(10-20-2014, 07:55 AM)jcarerra Wrote: With the specs as written, and assuming they mean EPAP/minPS/maxPS, they essentially specify a fixed bi-level machine...
one pressure (settable) for EPAP,
one pressure (Settable) for IPAP (EPAP + PS).

I am concerned that the DME may not feel "legally covered" to give you an Adapt or even a VPAP of any sort.

May need to add something like "Backup RR automatic" or better yet add specific model desired.

Having a range for EPAP (even a small range) will give us more information (namely, we will be able to see when the machine is raising EPAP to better treat or avoid obstructive events).

Having a range for EPAP might also allow a lower average EPAP pressure, which might lower the amount of air swallowing which occurs. Excessive air swallowing often becomes a major issue when the PS automatically increases while treating centrals.

Of the machines which have backup rate capability, I think only the ASV machines can be set to auto-adjust EPAP within a range. For example, I think the Non-Invasive Ventilator machines like the S9 VPAP ST-A and PRS1 BiPAP AVAPS automatically adjust PS to maintain a target alveolar tidal volume (needed when muscle weakness and lack of strength to breathe is an issue) and can treat central apneas, but can use only fixed EPAP.

I think the ResMed S9 VPAP Adapt would likely be quieter than the PRS1 BiPAP autoSV Advanced, and would allow your present humidifier to be used.

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