When I had my septoplasty earlier this year, I had the experience from h-ll in getting a straight answer as to whether I could bring my V-Pap or not. I should have just done it which I will get into in a few minutes. Anyway, it turned out the hospital greatly discouraged patients bringing in their own machines but did not forbid it.
Anyway, because I woke up very quickly in the recovery room, this wasn't an issue initially. And the hospital machine was available in case I needed it.
Unfortunately, I ended up staying there for 5 hours because there weren't any rooms available on the floor. It wasn't a problem initially but after awhile, I started getting very tired and wanted to go to sleep. The nurse assured me that if my O2 sats dropped (don't even get my started on that fallacy), she would put the mask on me as she was trained in operating it. Anyway, somehow I got a second wind and stayed awake until finally being taken to the floor.
This was when the sh-t hit the fan. I think because of the delay in my being taken up to the room, a machine was not available and the nursing staff didn't seem to be in a rush to get me one which caused me to insist that they make it a priority which they did to their credit. Unfortunately, my problems were only beginning.
Much to my horror, I realized if I wanted the machine turned on, a respiratory therapist had to be called up to set the machine so I could go to sleep. At one point, I begged him to show me how to operate the machine which incredulously he agreed to do but I couldn't get it to work myself. And yes, I had the experience too of 14 pressure feeling like 25. To make a long short, I finally gave up on using the machine as I was so frustrated.
In retrospect, the floor nurses could have cared less if I had bought my own machine and it would have made things so much easier. But live and learn.
I tried complaining about the situation once I was out of the hospital but I never could find anybody to talk to about it. Hmm.
I also think if god forbid I have a similar type situation in the future, I would ask my sleep doctor to advocate on my behalf. And if he/she wasn't willing to, I would simply bring the bleeping machine and simply insist that I be allowed to use it.
By the way, I understand most hospitals in my area greatly encourage patients to bring their own machine. Unfortunately, this hospital seemed to be the exception to the rule.