I started with a Wisp nasal mask before moving on to ResMed AirFit P10 nasal pillows. Those work better for me. With the Wisp mask, I found it was critical to clean the mask every day and wash my face thoroughly before going to bed to get rid of as much skin oil as possible. Even then, I'd sometimes have oil buildup and the mask would stop sealing well in the middle of the night. I moved on to pillows before experimenting with some kind of pad between the mask and my face.
I have a ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet and an S9 AutoSet as a spare. They're both fine. If you live somewhere that sees power outages, the thing to be aware of with the A10 is that it runs on 48v DC and the AC power brick is fussy about the power source so you can't run it with an inverter or a lot of generators. You need to buy their ResMed 12v to 24v DC-DC converter for $85.00 to run it off a battery. Some other brands run off 12v so it's cheaper to set them up to run off a 12v battery.
04-09-2015, 03:11 AM
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I tested a Philips S9 and the Resmed A10. One big difference for me was the humidifier reservoirs. The S9 is full of ridges and supports that make it more difficult to clean. The Resmed is just one main open space that is easy to completely clean and wipe out. No nooks and crannies for bacteria to grow.
The A10 humidifier is also easier to remove, fill and install. A DME tried to sell me on the top hose connector of the S9 being a great feature, but after trying it and the rear hose of the A10 I find the rear hose connection is better.
A couple of times I have pulled the A10 accidentally by the hose onto my bed. It stayed upright. I think if the S9 was to get pulled by the hose it would tip over.
I am glad I got the Resmed over the S9.
Thanks to everyone for the very warm welcome and the advice. :-)
I really appreciate all your tips - so very helpful for a first time hosehead-to-be.
I hope the WISP works well for me in the long run. If not, I'm leaning towards nasal pillows, instead of full-face masks. Either way I hope my skin will be able to tolerate the material. I do have some occasional skin reaction with rubber - not all types though. I assume that regardless of mask type or brand - that at the very least, they should all be hypoallergenic. I guess I will just have to try to find out. But if you have some more tips re this, thanks in advance.
Taking careful note of that 48 VDC on the Resmed Might be a deal-breaker for me if I can't find a suitable converter. So I might end up with Respironics, because it is easier to come up with a 12 volt dc source.
Again, many thanks to you!!! :-) :-D
I thought the Resmeds are 24v not 48v?
A 12 volt Respironics 60 series auto would be easier to adapt to battery power than a 24 volt
Resmed. Both are very well made and accepted machines. Be sure to try out the Airfit P10 pillows mask as it is a very comfortable and quiet, although the headgear does not work for everyone.
Your supplier will assist you with hoses. The PRS1 60 series heated hose is 15 mm but has a standard 22 mm fitting for a mask. It is automatically detected by the machine, so you don't have to worry about settings.
Welcome to the forum.