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correct Position for PAP Machine
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correct Position for PAP Machine
Funny question from a member who has been using her PAP for almost 3 years, but I'm stuck in a skilled nursing facility after what was to be a 3 day session in the hospital for a back fusion turned into  having 2 major surgeries in 5 days and muscles that turned into jelly after lying flat for 6 days.  Can my machine be placed on the floor beside the head of my bed?  It has been on a nightstand but that is on the other side of the bed and they are moving me to the left from right side and my hose isn't long enough.  I don't have my direction book with me but was pretty certain the floor was OK.  Once I got back on my own machine and back to SH I have been amazed that my AHI didn't change despite opiate use at the beginning.  Got off that stuff pretty quickly, thank goodness.
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#2
RE: correct Position for PAP Machine
I would ask for a spare folding chair and place it next to your bed with the PAP machine on it.
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RE: correct Position for PAP Machine
The floor is OK as long as they keep their mops away from it... The chair is a good idea
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RE: correct Position for PAP Machine
Would it be too much for them to move the night stand to the other side?
If they are unable to do that, then the floor would be ok, but be sure it is on a rug or non skid mat.

As long as the machine is placed on a level and sturdy spot and “not” above your head, it should be ok.

I am really sorry to hear about your surgeries, praying you will heal quickly.
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RE: correct Position for PAP Machine
Also - (I may be stating the obvious here) - no matter where, make sure the machine is placed lower than your sleeping position.
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opalrose and ycsi: machine not above your head or sleeping position is news to me. my nightstand is about 6 inches above the bed/mattress. on my side, my eyes are 2 or 3 inches below the bottom of the machine. i've been using pap this way for almost 2 years and not been aware of any problem. will my experience with the machine change for the better if I find a lower night stand? if it matters, the hose is held up well above the bed and my head.
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RE: correct Position for PAP Machine
(07-30-2018, 01:15 PM)sheepless Wrote: opalrose and ycsi: machine not above your head or sleeping position is news to me.  my nightstand is about 6 inches above the bed/mattress.  on my side, my eyes are 2 or 3 inches below the bottom of the machine.  i've been using pap this way for almost 2 years and not been aware of any problem.  will my experience with the machine change for the better if I find a lower night stand?  if it matters, the hose is held up well above the bed and my head.

If you don't have a problem with rainout than there's no need to put the machine lower than your head. It's only a precautionary move to prevent rainout.
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ahh. thanks. haven't ever had rainout, knock on wood.
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RE: correct Position for PAP Machine
(07-30-2018, 01:20 PM)Walla Walla Wrote:
(07-30-2018, 01:15 PM)sheepless Wrote: opalrose and ycsi: machine not above your head or sleeping position is news to me.  my nightstand is about 6 inches above the bed/mattress.  on my side, my eyes are 2 or 3 inches below the bottom of the machine.  i've been using pap this way for almost 2 years and not been aware of any problem.  will my experience with the machine change for the better if I find a lower night stand?  if it matters, the hose is held up well above the bed and my head.

If you don't have a problem with rainout than there's no need to put the machine lower than your head. It's only a precautionary move to prevent rainout.

The other reason besides rainout is that you can pull the machine down on yourself if it’s above your head. Of course, you are only talking 6 inches, and the placement has nothing to do with your treatment.
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thanks opalrose for the clarification. there's so much to mastering this pap stuff I thought oh boy here's something else I don't know anything about. good to know height relative to body has no bearing on machine function besides potential rainout. I think having the hose raised a few feet works against pulling the machine off the nightstand as a yank on the hose pulls first against the point at which the hose is held high, so I think it's all good in that regard.
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