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Why do clinicians set min pressure so low on APAP?
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Mosquitobait Offline

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Machine: Resmed AirSense 10 For Her
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
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Post: #11
RE: Why do clinicians set min pressure so low on APAP?
MarkMaxPayne, one of the chief problems, IMHO, is that most of the clinicians and DMEs have never used an Xpap themselves. I get better diabetes treatment from my doctor, I believe, not because he gets added training, but because his wife ALSO developed diabetes shortly before I did. He's living the issue. DMEs must set the machine based on their instructions from the doctor or lose their jobs. You, happily, can set your settings whatever way you want.
11-14-2015 10:42 AM
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Machine: Fisher & Paykel HC221LE; Puritan Bennett GoodKnight 420G; HDM Z1 Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
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Humidifier: none
CPAP Pressure: 7.0
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Post: #12
RE: Why do clinicians set min pressure so low on APAP?
Thanks all for the 411. So now that I set my APAP MIN to my CPAP prescription of 7.0 (vs the 4.0 they set it to) I'm down to under a dozen incidents per night again. I think the clinicians need to pay attention to the settings doctors put in the prescriptions and make that the MIN if setting up a replacement machine for APAP. I'm on travel this week and I have to admit having a Z1 Auto that is less than half the size of my previous ten year old travel CPAP is pretty awesome...

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-Mark
11-16-2015 08:20 PM
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sleepy Bruce Offline

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Machine: Res Med S9 auto set
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CPAP Pressure: 12
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Post: #13
RE: Why do clinicians set min pressure so low on APAP?
When I set my min pressure too high I get CA events. To get rid of CA events I set my min pressure to 6.2. My max pressure is 11.0 anything Higher and i get severe jaw and ear pain. Also aerophagia bloating. My max pressure is always slightly less than my 95% median pressure. My prescription was for cpap at 12. I've been using cpap for 15 yrs. with no help from the cpap providers. I'm supposed to be waiting for a new sleep study. I am not convinced it will help anything.
11-18-2015 06:21 PM
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