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Programming Resmed S8

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Programming Resmed S8

Postby rnewcomer » Thu Dec 08, 2005 9:39 pm

Does anyone know how to adjust the pressure setting on the Resmed S8?
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Re: Programming Resmed S8

Postby Daniel » Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:36 am

rnewcomer wrote:Does anyone know how to adjust the pressure setting on the Resmed S8?


Why do you need to adjust the pressure ?

It's not a good idea to adjust cpap pressure without medical supervision. It could prove dangerous to your health.

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Postby JohnnyRed » Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:14 am

I have the same machine and just out of curiousity I asked the DME when he dropped it of about how they control the pressure. He said there is a password that must be entered before changing the pressure. If you have the new one (I just got mine a week ago) he said there is a small card that can be sent to the doctor and mailed bacl to you that goes in the back of the unit which can adjust the pressure settings at the doctors discresion as well.

In changing the pressure on your own you are basically changing a doctors prescription so its really not a good idea without the doctor knowing about it.
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Postby pauly » Fri Dec 09, 2005 10:59 am

Hi rnewcomer

I have the same machine as you, and the pressure setting is by prescription only by the doctor, and you don't have access to it as JohnnyRed has mentioned. You can change the Ramp time or the mask type setting, but all this should have been set for you by the RT prior to you receiving the machine. I would suggest that you contact the therapist if you have any questions about the machine at all. Also, I would read the manual to become more familiar with the machine and how to properly clean it.
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Postby Sleepyhead » Fri Dec 09, 2005 1:38 pm

You can buy the clinician's manual on eBay and this will tell you how to get into the clinician's menu. The DME in their infinite wisdom has deemed you incapable of making intelligent decisions on your own and thus withheld the manual from you. When I bought my apap I demanded a new factory sealed box with all manuals, plastic bags, twist ties, and everything else. (this was after they first tried to give me an older model they had lying around that didn't even have the regular user manual or carrying case)

It's not their place to determine if I'm a hazard to my own health. That's between me and my doctor. I also purchased the software for my computer so I can download the data from the smartcard once a week or so to see how I'm doing. I sometimes make adjustments to my pressure to see how it will affect my apneas. Hey it's my life and I'm going to do what's best for me to stay healthy, I'm not doing anything dumb like cranking the pressure way down so I 'sleep' easier. I just want to fine tune my settings from time to time to get the most from the machine while making my sleep experience the best it can be.

Now having said all that I should also state the only reason I feel comfortable changing settings is because I have the software and can monitor myself. If you're not willing or able to buy the software and use it, then I wouldn't change any settings without consulting with your doctor first.
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Postby roncardo » Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:12 am

How did you manage to purchase the software for the resmed s8? Can you help me out?
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Postby sleepymeg » Sat Apr 07, 2007 4:43 am

remember that CPAP is a doctors prescription and you should not try to alter your CPAP settings withoutchecking with your doctor first.
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Postby CrohnieToo » Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:10 am

There are several Resmed S8s.
The Resmed S8 Compact is their entry level, compliance data only, straight CPAP.
The Resmed S8 Escape is their mid-range, limited data capable, straight CPAP, but does not come w/the data card which must be ordered separately.
The Resmed S8 Elite is their high mid-range, fully data capable, straight CPAP w/EPR (expiration pressure relief) and data card.
The Resmed S8 Vantage is their high end, fully data capable, AutoPAP with data card.

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Postby ericlreiner » Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:05 pm

I got the software and card reader from cpap.com. Keep in mind the software is not good or easy to use. It is intended for lab use and I assume that the developers expect the users to have some kind of training. It does work to get the basic information so you can see whats going on.
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Postby CrohnieToo » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:43 pm

I found the AutoScan 5.7 software and card reader easy to install and use. Nor do I find the software data difficult to understand. Of course, the most interesting data to the non-professional or new to xPAP patient are the Statistics and the Nightly Data line graph.

It is certainly much easier to install, use and understand than the EncorePro 1.5.77 for the Respironics xPAPs. EncorePro's graphs are confusing as all get out to me. Altho I very much like the Daily Events Per Hour chart.

To get anywhere near that clear and detailed information in such form you need to export the Resmed AutoScan data to Excel or other data base. ASCII deliminators are used.
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Postby RichCMH » Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:19 pm

AutoScan is easy to use. I've never had a problem. You do have to collect data every 5 days or you will lose the detailed graphs data. The S8 Elite (at least) stores 364 days of compliance data and only 5 days worth of details.
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changing the pressure of the resmed s8 escape

Postby healnghanz » Thu Oct 16, 2008 3:44 pm

since the resmed s8 escape has patient adjustments for altitude, sometimes i increase the pressure by increasing the altitude. there are four altitude settings. 0-2000 ft, 2000-3999 ft, 4000-5999 ft, and 6000-7999 ft. apparently air is thinner the higher you go so to compensate for the thinness of the air you have to up the pressure. i believe since the air pressure is lower at high altitude, compressing the air faster will result in a pressure that is equal to the programmed sea level pressure. since i live at sea level, this gives me 3 additional increments of pressure by changing the altitude settings. I definitely notice a difference. and the difference makes a difference in positive airway pressure clearance. could it be dangerous to adjust the pressure one step up or two steps up. I am not sure. i dont think it would, three steps up maybe. certainly dropping the pressure down might make a dangerous difference. thats unless you have lost weight and need less pressure to keep the airway open. if for example you lived in santa fe, which is 7250 ft. you might have your setting set at the 6000-7999 ft level. theoretically you could adjust downward 3 settings, say , for if you were visiting new york at sea level. unless you adjusted down you would be getting quite a blast of air and it would be a chore to exhale. but if you were in santa fe and you adjusted down while you were there, you might cause a situation where you defeat the cpap. thats unless the cpap were adjusted too high and if you adjusted down one level you could deflate the tire so to speak. what i am telling you is this is the cheap and dirty way to adjust the cpap but with limited ability. if you live in iowa for exampl and the altitude is, idont know i am just guessing 3500 ft, you are on the second level. then you have the luxury of adjusting down to sea level or up two levels. these people can adjust up or down depending where you live. so to recap. depending on where you live you can adjust up 3 levels and down 0 levels, or up two levels and down one level, or up one level and down two levels, or down 3 levels and up 0 levels. knock yourself out. but ask me some other questions. i know everything.
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Escape 58 - inherited

Postby daChief » Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:41 pm

My mother just died and had this Resmed Escape 58 CPAP with few hours. I have apnea - diagnosed 5yrs ago and prescribed a RemStar Plus "set" to pressure level 11. Being a MS-EET I've already figured out how to modify it if needed.... I'm doing a lot of business travel and this lil 58 would even be nicer/small to carry....
[ I sure have been getting !@#! by stupid airport security due to my CPAP as I carry mine with me to insure I can get sleep where ever I go, as my checked luggage gets delayed - all to often. ':evil:' ]

The Escape 58 does not show the actual "set" pressure number - how can I read it? ':shock:'
How can I change the "set" number to 11? ':-D' (Long long ago in another life I was an EMT2 - I know the ramifications).
Even though I've turned off the RAMP - it still ramps - how can I kill this override? ':shock:'

I read about the altitude pressure change - what is the pressure increment changes - by one's? '#-o'

What is the VDC power input voltage (manual does not say)? Is center positive or negative - no diagram on unit to info? ':-?'

FYI, for all my RemStar has the same VDC input and is the same (no info); BUT I found it trickle charges a connected battery, so I was able to measure ~12VDC. If you do not have a battery hooked up at home - get one, I hate waking due to NO AIR/power outages. A common 7Ahr sealed gel-cell battery will last about 4-5hrs, humidifier drops out due to needing 120VAC for the heating element. '=D>'
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Postby NoseHose » Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:11 pm

Forum rules do not permit the posting instructions on how to do what you want. However, what you're looking for can be easily found via a Google search.
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Postby Grandma » Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:31 pm

I am surprised that you are having problems with airport security and your CPAP. I have traveled quite a few times with mine and have had no problems at all. All TSA officers are familiar with CPAPs and follow the guidelines for handling them. What kind of problems are you having? There is a lot of information at http://www.tsa.gov about special needs and what is allowed through security.
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