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Auto-Adjusting Bi-Level
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Resmed Bi-Level Terminology

Bilevel Terminology

  • IPAP (inspiratory positive airway pressure) - The pressure delivered to assist the patient when inhaling
  • EPAP (expiratory positive airway pressure) - The pressure delivered when the patient is exhaling. Naturally this pressure is less than IPAP because the patient breathes against it. For many conditions EPAP is necessary for airway patency
  • Maximum IPAP time (maximum time a device will deliver IPAP) - Most…

Posted on March 27, 2010 at 10:30pm

Resmed ResScan Definitions, Abbreviations, Terminology

ResScan 3.7 Terms & Definitions

Usage = the time that a patient receives therapy from the device

Used days > X hours Y minutes = total number of days where daily usage exceeded the compliance threshold

% Used days > X hours Y minutes = calculates the percentage of used days out of the total number of days selected

Total hours used = total patient usage of a selected…


Posted on March 26, 2010 at 1:00am

Various Polysomnography Software Results Printouts

I will post more as they become available.This is a full scored data summary report w/condensed graphs that I think was created by the Alice PSG software.

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 12:00am

One PAPper's Review of the ProBasics Zzz-Mask

Well, having given up on finding a way to mitigate the problem w/the Resmed Quattro full face mask's flimsy outter cushion cover's sharp edges slicing into the bridge of my nose quite some time ago, I decided since I was due for a new mask to give another full face mask a try.

I had asked about the Respiornics FullLife but my provider didn't have any in stock and whilst they would have ordered if I insisted they were willing to let me try any of the full face they had in stock in my… Continue

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

Some HCPCS Codes

Imu posted this list at but it seemed worth "borrowing" the list and posting it here.


E0601 Continuous airway pressure (CPAP/APAP) device

E0470 Respiratory assist device, bi-level pressure (BiPAP) capability, WITHOUT backup rate feature, used with noninvasive interface, e.g., nasal or facial mask (intermittent assist device with continuous positive airway pressure device)

E0471 Respiratory assist device, bi-level pressure… Continue

Posted on August 31, 2009 at 7:47pm — 1 Comment

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At 12:56pm on May 16, 2012, angela kyzer said…

Well I work for the American Sleep And Breathing Academy. I  help with the education of the Sleep Techs and I also work on the magazine Sleep And Wellness. That is a tool to teach the general public about sleep apnea.

At 12:14pm on January 9, 2011, Tom Cannon said…
Hi Judy

Thanks for all of your help. You seem to have a good understanding of ResMed equioment nomenclature which still has my head spinning. I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that short of reading the machine's display there is no other way to get data from the machine. Wouldn't a wireless connection, or even a USB port, be nice. But eventually I would like to get a newer machine which would give me the ability to examine my sleep data.

I have been on BiPap for two year since beiing diagnosed with "severe" OSA. They therapy has been like having the aging process reversed. I have energy again! But I suspect I really don't need 18 blowing into my body all night long and bloating me like a balloon. I believe there is technology out there that will adjust to my needs as I sleep.

Thanks again, Tom
At 4:11pm on March 30, 2010, Robert Bivona said…
Wow! Quite a welcome to this forum, Judy. Didn't realize I'd be under a microscope about the brand or style of my CPAP machine. My question was, and still is along the lines of getting advice about entering the field of Polysomnography, without having to become an RT first. Also, by the way, my CPAP machine is a rem-star auto from Respiratronics. I yse a medium size nose mask, and my pressure setting has wavered between 8-12 over the past year:)
At 2:11pm on March 24, 2010, Steven Y. Park, MD said…
Thanks for the great idea. In fact, I have in mind to bring back Chip and Brian to talk about xPAP machines, to complement their great talk on masks (if they're willing).
At 2:09pm on March 24, 2010, Steven Y. Park, MD said…
I'll have someone check on your order to make sure you got the recording. If you don't hear from us in 1-2 days, please let me know.
At 10:40am on March 24, 2010, Steven Y. Park, MD said…
You're very welcome. Sorry it went so long, but it was worth it. What other topic related to sleep apnea are you interested in hearing about?
At 4:23am on March 16, 2010, Kim Angevine said…
Hi Judy, Thanks for the info. I thought the CPAP S8 Elite was an automatic machine. Oh well, LOL.
Maybe this explains why this morning I woke up with the tube completely disconnected from the machine. This makes me feel that I'd better get the S9 auto-set.
At 11:46pm on March 14, 2010, Kim Angevine said…
I'm very lucky. The electrical current for Taiwan and the States is the same. Judy, I have another question. I've been using the ResMed APAP S8 Elite feeling my nose was dry. Should I increase the humidity level. By the way, I'm a mouth breather. My friend says that the dry nose could be caused by it having to work for the first time. Thanks for any suggestions, Kim
At 11:04pm on March 14, 2010, Kim Angevine said…
Thanks Judy for responding. You asked if I will have to pay out of pocket for the CPAP machine and the answer is yes. Also I'm definitely getting an APAP machine. The Apex CPAP machine that I tried before the ResMed caused problems. I'd wake up more than once during the night, feeling like I was suffocating. I think the ResMed demo machine I’m using is the one you recommend. I really like it. However, one of the reasons why I'm considering the S9 is the climate control feature. This is a concern because Taiwan, gets really humid in the summer and damp in the winter. For example, one morning I woke up and the mask was full of water. I’ve been told that the humidifier has been improved on in the S9 series.
All CPAP machines are double the price in Taiwan. When I asked the local ResMed sales rep why it was so expensive, he said because they give more service in Taiwan. Unfortunately, there’s no way to check up on this. He said, they constantly monitor the readings on the machine and come and adjust the machine. Because of the high price and the fact that the operator said they don’t have problems with ResMed machines, I’ve pretty much decided to buy online What do you know about I like the fact that they answer calls after I get to work and they will ship to Taiwan (I’m sure at a premium price).
Thanks Judy for all your help,
At 10:00pm on February 16, 2010, Judy said…
It still will be worth your while to check out your other DME options. One or more of them may well have a good RRT willing to help you. Its gonna be a tough road to hoe for you I think as most masks have a lower strap that goes around the back of your neck at the base of the skull. Of course, I haven't seen EVERY mask and its headgear.

I wonder if the PAPCap would be of any help in this regard? Try a google search on it and see if it looks like it might help to avoid a lower strap around the back of the neck at the base of the skull.

I wonder too if maybe Karen (Padacheeks) has something or could come up w/something to pad that area for you. She's been known to custom make things and her prices are always reasonable. Try a google search on Padacheeks for her website

Or search the forum members list for Padacheeks as that is the ID she uses.

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