Poll: Would you Modify Your Equipment, even if it was DANGEROUS!
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Would You Modify Your Equipment, If You Heard It Worked?
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DCwom Offline

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Post: #11
RE: Would You Modify Your Equipment, If You Heard It Worked?
I think most folks wouldn't modify a CPAP if they KNEW it was dangerous, however the real problem is when people don't understand what is and isn't dangerous. Take the example of the guy who buys his first sailboat and wants to practice rigging the mast while the boat is safely secured to the trailer parked in his driveway. Sadly the would be sailor soon discovers that the aluminum mast and the power line to his home create a fatal electrocution hazard.

As for a CPAP I'm not going to define dangerous here because that seems to be a prickly topic, but keep in mind what you don't know can indeed hurt you.
03-15-2012 07:25 AM
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Dreamcatcher Offline

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Post: #12
RE: Would You Modify Your Equipment, If You Heard It Worked?
(03-15-2012 07:25 AM)DCwom Wrote:  I think most folks wouldn't modify a CPAP if they KNEW it was dangerous, however the real problem is when people don't understand what is and isn't dangerous. Take the example of the guy who buys his first sailboat and wants to practice rigging the mast while the boat is safely secured to the trailer parked in his driveway. Sadly the would be sailor soon discovers that the aluminum mast and the power line to his home create a fatal electrocution hazard.

As for a CPAP I'm not going to define dangerous here because that seems to be a prickly topic, but keep in mind what you don't know can indeed hurt you.

Taping your mouth is like driving while blind, you do it at your own risk just dont ask me to join in. IMO taping is bordering on insanity, I understand the reason but surely there must be safer methods to acheive the same result, arnt there?
03-15-2012 08:47 AM
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zimlich Offline

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Post: #13
RE: Would You Modify Your Equipment, If You Heard It Worked?
I would certainly change what didn't work- I just changed from AUTO to ASV. But otherwise why mess with success, unless for an upgrade in machines?
03-15-2012 11:01 AM
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Netskier Offline

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Post: #14
RE: Would You Modify Your Equipment, If You Heard It Worked?
There is something wrong with this poll, in that the subject says "If it worked", but the poll item itself says "Even if it were dangerous". This is misleading. I answered assuming the former. I wish there were a way to re-vote.

Anyhow, I would consider anything on its merits, but I would be extremely conservative if danger were involved.

I don't even want to disassemble my S9 Autoset to investigate the possibility of re-flashing the firmware because I could not bear having to sleep without it before I find some other way to eliminate sleep apnea, which I am working on.

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03-16-2012 12:21 AM
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Dreamcatcher Offline

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Post: #15
RE: Would You Modify Your Equipment, If You Heard It Worked?
(03-16-2012 12:21 AM)Netskier Wrote:  There is something wrong with this poll, in that the subject says "If it worked", but the poll item itself says "Even if it were dangerous". This is misleading. I answered assuming the former. I wish there were a way to re-vote.

Anyhow, I would consider anything on its merits, but I would be extremely conservative if danger were involved.

I don't even want to disassemble my S9 Autoset to investigate the possibility of re-flashing the firmware because I could not bear having to sleep without it before I find some other way to eliminate sleep apnea, which I am working on.

Worked or didnt work would you still put your life at risk to lower your AHI or try to achieve more comfort?
03-16-2012 09:19 AM
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oldteddybear Offline

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Post: #16
RE: Would You Modify Your Equipment, If You Heard It Worked?
There is a reason for the Darwin Awards, I hope that no one here is volunteering for a nomination.
03-17-2012 09:54 AM
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TheDreamer Offline

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Post: #17
RE: Would You Modify Your Equipment, If You Heard It Worked?
I haven't had any trouble with the mod I made to deal with rainout.

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03-17-2012 10:09 AM
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zimlich Offline

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Post: #18
RE: Would You Modify Your Equipment, If You Heard It Worked?
The more times I look at this thread the more I'm confused about what the question actually is.

Ar you asking that if I heard a certain modification worked (and the only things I can think of are in set up- changing rise time, flex, pressure support or something) would I make the change on my machine?
03-19-2012 08:18 AM
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greatunclebill Offline

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Post: #19
RE: Would You Modify Your Equipment, If You Heard It Worked?
(03-19-2012 08:18 AM)zimlich Wrote:  The more times I look at this thread the more I'm confused about what the question actually is.

Ar you asking that if I heard a certain modification worked (and the only things I can think of are in set up- changing rise time, flex, pressure support or something) would I make the change on my machine?

excellent question.

personally, i took it literally to mean phyisically modifying the eqipment and it's intended use, the hose, the mask, the humidifier, the cpap or anything that blocks or alters the airflow. i did not take it to mean modifying the settings of anything. i did not take it to mean adding things like bandaids or cushions or hose hangers that don't affect the operation of the equipment.

but that's just me. everybody reads things differently.
03-19-2012 08:52 AM
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Shastzi Offline

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Post: #20
RE: Would You Modify Your Equipment, If You Heard It Worked?
Mods are ok, as long as they are known to be harmless.
I have some standard hardware parts to help route my hose better. Common sense and science need to prevail here.

No stupid stuff for me, ok?

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02-22-2013 11:32 AM
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