09-20-2014, 02:28 PM
(This post was last modified: 09-20-2014, 02:32 PM by surferdude2.)
I'm with R_G on this one. Download the ResMed or Sleepy Head software and see what the pressure reading shows. Another method would be to actually measure the pressure by the air hose immersion test or with a U-tuber manometer or mechanical/digital equal.
I'd just take it back to the DME and have them check it. A pressure test with a digital meter is quick and easy...probably free too.
EDIT: Just read your last added comment. Something is broken and will need fixing. No point in doing any measuring.
If you have a hurricane then practically BY DEFINITION you have leaks.
Wind only occurs when there is a large pressure differential with communication. Your mask will always leak some, that is how it exhausts your exhalations, but if you are FEELING A LOT of WIND then it is leaking rapidly.
Either the seals are failing, the exhaust has failed (e.g., disconnected, missing part, worn out), or your mouth is open (unlikely in this case.)
Hurricanes (wind) CAN ONLY occur when air moves from one place to another rapidly (that is pretty much the definition of WIND.)
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)
"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."
I had that hurricane feeling once when I had, after cleaning, puzzled together the various parts of the mask in the wrong way. With pressure set to only 6 ...
(09-20-2014, 09:38 AM)tuanis Wrote: Hi All,
I live in Costa Rica (got my resmed s9 elite in the US) where availability of apnea support is not great.
About a week ago the air pressure to my mask went from normal to hurricane level!! I did all the setting checks that I knew about. Then I received the instructions to check the clinicians settings. Nothing seemed abnormal.
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This sounds like something in the control electronics may have died, perhaps one of the sensors, or controls for them.
Another poster had some trouble with pressure, and a method for testing the pressure using a tub of water was suggested. Since you're in Costa Rica and it may not be simple to have your unit tested, you might try this:
Other than that, it sounds like it would be good to acquire a backup machine.
Good luck with the troubleshooting.
PAPing in NE Ohio, with a pack of Cairn terriers
Thanks to you all for your suggestions. I really appreciate it.