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megan_charles Offline

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Joined: May 2013

Machine: Respironics System One
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp
Humidifier: unsure
CPAP Pressure: 9
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Plan to use InfoSmart software if they will deliver to Canada.

Sex: Female
Location: Ottawa, Canada

Post: #1
acceptable leak rate?
My average total leak is 19.64 and the 95% is 24. Corresponding to a leak rate (non total) ranging between 0 and 9. Is this too high? The graph is quite variable; with stretches of time at 0 and long periods between 2 and 6 and occasional spikes to 8 or 9.

I sometimes wake up with my mouth open and air leaking out, and am wondering if it's compromising my therapy. But I also think it may be a problem only when I'm sleeping less soundly, in the early morning as I'm waking up. Chin strap doesn't help. I'm seriously considering getting a full face mask, but will only do this if it's necessary. Any thoughts would be helpful.
06-22-2013 11:11 AM
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Shastzi Offline

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Joined: Dec 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: FitLife Total face mask
Humidifier: F&P HC150 with Hybernite heated hose.
CPAP Pressure: 15cm-20cm H2O (auto)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead Other Software

Other Comments: CMS50-F wearable Oximeter; Software: SPO2 Assistant

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Location: Florida, USA.

Post: #2
RE: acceptable leak rate?
Yup. You're leaking. Leaks will take your therapy way down if they persist for long periods.
You most likely need to get used to the full face mask and learn the art of using it effectively.
Then you will see your leaks go down to near zero and your therapy quality go up.
I started out with FFMasks because I knew I was having nasal problems.
With proper fitting, cleaning and care they work great.
I finally switched to total face to handle some sinus issues around my eye orbits.

Good luck and check back! Smile

"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." - Thomas Foxwell Buxton

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06-22-2013 04:34 PM
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zonk Offline

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Joined: Feb 2012

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: #3
RE: acceptable leak rate?
I couldn't find Wisp leak rate but other Respironcis nasal mask "total leak rates" about 26 L/min @ 10 so your total leak rate @ 9 looks quite acceptable. The occasional spikes more likely to do with mouth leak, chinstrap definitely can help minimize mouth leaks
Don,t know about you but for me when nose get congested and not getting enough air pass through the nose, tend to mouth breathe (does shows spikes in leak graph too) .. its automatic response

Full face mask allows to breathe through nose or mouth, its a bit more tricky to get a good seal but your pressure is not that high and will come handy when having a cold
06-22-2013 05:00 PM
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spdklls99 Offline

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Posts: 71
Joined: Jun 2013

Machine: Respironics System One BIPAP Auto SV Advanced DS950
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: comfortgel full
Humidifier: PR S1 Heated
CPAP Pressure: epap 10-15,psmin 3, bpm Auto
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Eastern TN

Post: #4
RE: acceptable leak rate?
a nasal mask is definitely more unobstructive and comfortable..but if your a (sometimes) mouth breather as I am...you would be much better off with a full face....a chin strap wouldn't cut it for me..only full face masks are an option..sometimes its the only way I can fall asleep (breathing thru my mouth)

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06-24-2013 06:14 PM
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Shastzi Offline

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Joined: Dec 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: FitLife Total face mask
Humidifier: F&P HC150 with Hybernite heated hose.
CPAP Pressure: 15cm-20cm H2O (auto)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead Other Software

Other Comments: CMS50-F wearable Oximeter; Software: SPO2 Assistant

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: Florida, USA.

Post: #5
RE: acceptable leak rate?
I am running full face and average leaks for the night are 0.02%. (Near zero)
Get the right mask and the right care, you can do it too.

Cheers & Good luck!

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06-25-2013 07:48 AM
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