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cowboy1970 Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Puritan Bennett Breeze
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: around 11 now (2/20/13)
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: Try not to think about a spider crawling up your nose from inside your tubing as your drift off. lol

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Location: Tacoma, WA

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Hi, some of you know me. It's been awhile since I have visited here. Lots has happened. I had a heart attack in March. My forced change of insurance has finally worked out. AND...

I am finally going legit! Well, cpap wise anyway. lol I done been tested and they are placing me on a machine. My throat is very narrow and my tonsils big according to the ENT surgeon who wants me cut. My pulmonary doc and family doc, told me to cancel the appointment and suck a machine the rest of my life. But that is not the debate/concern of this thread. (feel free to comment on surgery vs cyborg tho)

I have recieved 5 phone calls practically dragging me into the cpap seller's store. My pulmonary doc and this store push/endorse/force respironics on everyone. As most of you know, I have been treating my condition with a blackmarket Resmend S9 Autoset for last couple years.

Anyway, my brother who is a legit user swears by Resmed too. I have used both RESmed and RESpironics, but not the latest RESpironics.

So my question is... If you had to choose right now... which way would you go? Which RES?

In the last few days I have had two conversations, nay arguments, with my pulmonary doc and the local cpap store who (in my opinion) gave some pretty shady (and a couple blatantly false) reasons to insist that I go Respironics.

Have the winds/data turned in Respironics favor? Most of my review searches show me that Resmed is more popular.

Is their new machine some kinda break through in technology that left Resmed S9 Autoset in the dust?

I realize everyone is busy with holiday, but shoot me a quick opinion in this thread to help me make my decision. I gotta face the music Monday, and am very nervous.

PS, the cpap store actually told me that they CAN'T give me a resmed because my pulmonary doc has an outstanding order to only issue respironics. This got my Irish up.
07-04-2014 12:05 PM
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diamaunt Offline

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Joined: May 2012

Machine: S9 VPAP Auto 36006
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: mirage quattro/pilairo q
Humidifier: none
CPAP Pressure: 9-20ish
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: texas

Post: #2
RE: Which Res? Urgent!
unless you need a bilevel or asv, just go back to your autoset.
07-04-2014 12:35 PM
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me50 Offline

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Machine: resmed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp and Silicone Head gear
Humidifier: resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18/8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Location: USA

Post: #3
RE: Which Res? Urgent!
Personally, I like Resmed best. Others like Respironics best. It is so individual. Both are good machines. It has been said that Respironics is less expensive and this may be why the DME is pushing that brand. Be very careful to make sure you don't get a brick; make sure the machine you get is data capable and not just hours used. I am sure others will have more suggestions for you.

Years ago, I was given a respironics and didn't use it very long. I didn't have much instruction, wasn't told what could happen to me if I didn't use a CPAP, etc., had a hard time with the machine, etc. so I quit using it pretty quickly. It was too long ago for me to share details about that period of CPAP use; I just don't remember. A lot has happened since then.
07-04-2014 12:44 PM
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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #4
RE: Which Res? Urgent!
If your doc is partnering with this CPAP store, that might have something to do with things. Hang in there for more ideas.

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07-04-2014 12:45 PM
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me50 Offline

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Machine: resmed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp and Silicone Head gear
Humidifier: resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18/8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Location: USA

Post: #5
RE: Which Res? Urgent!
(07-04-2014 12:05 PM)cowboy1970 Wrote:  Hi, some of you know me. It's been awhile since I have visited here. Lots has happened. I had a heart attack in March. My forced change of insurance has finally worked out. AND...

I am finally going legit! Well, cpap wise anyway. lol I done been tested and they are placing me on a machine. My throat is very narrow and my tonsils big according to the ENT surgeon who wants me cut. My pulmonary doc and family doc, told me to cancel the appointment and suck a machine the rest of my life. But that is not the debate/concern of this thread. (feel free to comment on surgery vs cyborg tho)

I have recieved 5 phone calls practically dragging me into the cpap seller's store. My pulmonary doc and this store push/endorse/force respironics on everyone. As most of you know, I have been treating my condition with a blackmarket Resmend S9 Autoset for last couple years.

Anyway, my brother who is a legit user swears by Resmed too. I have used both RESmed and RESpironics, but not the latest RESpironics.

So my question is... If you had to choose right now... which way would you go? Which RES?

In the last few days I have had two conversations, nay arguments, with my pulmonary doc and the local cpap store who (in my opinion) gave some pretty shady (and a couple blatantly false) reasons to insist that I go Respironics.

Have the winds/data turned in Respironics favor? Most of my review searches show me that Resmed is more popular.

Is their new machine some kinda break through in technology that left Resmed S9 Autoset in the dust?

I realize everyone is busy with holiday, but shoot me a quick opinion in this thread to help me make my decision. I gotta face the music Monday, and am very nervous.

PS, the cpap store actually told me that they CAN'T give me a resmed because my pulmonary doc has an outstanding order to only issue respironics. This got my Irish up.

Ask for a copy of your prescription. If it does say respironics, call your doc and tell him you have been using resmed and are used to it and that you prefer to stay with that brand (watch what kind they give you, i.e., escape, etc. you don't want) and tell him which one that you have used and prefer and ask him to write another script and say dispense as written.
07-04-2014 12:47 PM
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Machine: PR Dreamstation BiPAP Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Swift FX
Humidifier: PR Dreamstation humidfier
CPAP Pressure: min EPAP = 4; max IPAP = 9;
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic EncorePro

Other Comments: Papping since September 2010

Sex: Female
Location: Buffalo, NY

Post: #6
RE: Which Res? Urgent!
I'm in the minority camp around here. I did not do well on my Resmed S9 AutoSet, and at this point I'm glad that the S9 VPAP was still vaporware when I was switched to my PR System One (series 50) BiPAP in Dec. 2010. I don't believe I would do anywhere near as well on the S9 VPAP Auto as I do on the PR BiPAP Auto because of differences in the auto algorithms.

When hubby started PAP this past spring, we opted to start with a PR machine. Most (not all) people can't really tell much of a difference in how the machines feel, and hubby is not overly sensitive to stuff. And the facts that (1) the PR System Ones do NOT erase the daily detailed data every 7 days and (2) the PR System Ones are easier to run on battery power were important to us. Hubby is not interested in following his data on a daily basis; I look at it every 7-10 days knowing that I don't have to remember to do it weekly. And we do some car camping every year.

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07-04-2014 01:46 PM
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archangle Offline
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Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Swift FX
Humidifier: ResMed S9 H5i
CPAP Pressure: 16-20
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Happy PAPper

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Location: USA

Post: #7
RE: Which Res? Urgent!
ResMed is my first choice by a small margin, but PRS1 is a close second.

I'd avoid any other manufacturer right now just due to the fact that data collection seems to be better or at least better understood by us on ResMed/Respironics.

I presume you already know to avoid S9 Escape, S9 Escape Auto, and PRS1 Plus and PRS1 SE.

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If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
07-04-2014 03:06 PM
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retired_guy Offline

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Joined: Jan 2014

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: ResMed
CPAP Pressure: 10.6/14, EPR 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Is it bedtime yet?

Sex: Male
Location: Beautiful, albeit very wet Oregon Coast

Post: #8
RE: Which Res? Urgent!
Well they're both fine machines, so I guess to me it boils down to one of two things:

1. If you have to spend any money, you already have the S9 so why would you need to do anything different.

2. On the otherhand, if they are providing you a new machine that will not cost you anything out of pocket, then take either one so long as it is a fully data capable auto sort of machine. Then keep your S9 as backup in case the dog eats your power cord or something.
07-04-2014 03:23 PM
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Machine: A10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Activa LT
Humidifier: Integrated /ClimateLineAir
CPAP Pressure: 9/13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

Post: #9
RE: Which Res? Urgent!
(07-04-2014 12:05 PM)cowboy1970 Wrote:  So my question is... If you had to choose right now... which way would you go? Which RES?
If the question, which machine I choose between Phillips Respironcis System One Auto 560 and ResMed S9 AutoSet (not S9 Escape auto ... dumb machine). My choice would be S9 AutoSet, not because its a better machine or build (both are quality machines) but I love the simplicity and efficacy data reporting on the screen 'sleep report' without using any of the software. Both machines comes with the heated hose option but might not be the case with the 560. Some people might not need the heated hose but for me, its 'the best thing since sliced bread', actually better, i don,t buy the stuff and its not even good to feed the ducks in the park

also nice to see a happy face in the morning Too-funny
07-04-2014 04:41 PM
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Machine: PRS 1 BiPAP autoSV Advanced, with Heated Tube humidifier
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Sleepweaver √Član
Humidifier: Resperonics Heated Tube humidifier
CPAP Pressure: Max pressure 25.0 cm H20, Max
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncorePro

Other Comments: CMS 50i with Software for SpO2

Sex: Male
Location: San Marcos, CA, USA

Post: #10
RE: Which Res? Urgent!
My preference is the S9 Autoset.
I could settle for the PRS1 560TS which includes the heated hose option.

I would not accept any lesser models of any brand.
I have always used the heated hose from day 1 and don't want to try anything different. The H5i Humidifier has a larger water chamber by about 60 CC, which is less likely to run dry by morning. My current PRS1 960TS has run dry frequently since I got it in Oct 2013.
07-04-2014 04:53 PM
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