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ResMed S8 Compact settings

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ResMed S8 Compact settings

Postby jackball42 » Tue Jan 02, 2007 12:58 am

I need to increase the pressure of my ResMed S8 Compact but do not know the key combinations to do this. Can anyone tell me the key combinations to enter the clinician menu?
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Postby o2much4me » Tue Jan 02, 2007 2:08 am

Talk to your Doctor before changing your pressure. Why would you think you need to increase pressure? :?:
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Re: ResMed S8 Compact settings

Postby jerryinnc » Tue Jan 02, 2007 7:17 am

jackball42 wrote:I need to increase the pressure of my ResMed S8 Compact but do not know the key combinations to do this. Can anyone tell me the key combinations to enter the clinician menu?
why do you think that you need to increase it? those kind of setting need to be left up to the DOCTOR.[/u]
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Postby m_k_rich » Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:01 pm

Tell your doctor what you want to do and why. He/she can write the scrip and then you're in good shape.

I'm going to tell you this so you don't have to have the blood-sucking DME charge you to change the setting:
(Sorry, I'm a bit POed at my DME. They didn't tell me they were taken out of my health plan's network; had to pay out of pocket at inflated prices for a new mask. Grrrr....ALWAYS check network status before reordering supplies!))

Edited - Posting instructions for access to clinicians menu or changing pressure settings is not permitted.
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Postby Amos » Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:56 pm

MKRich may be having problems with his DME, but he makes two very criical mistakes. First, it is against the rules of this forum to discuss an individual changing their settings. Second, it is illegal for an individual to do so on their own. The settings on a cpap machine must be set by a Registered Therapist upon receiving a prescription from a doctor just as your medicines must be filled by a pharmacist upon receiving a prescrition from a doctor.

This is something that you should never do on your own. It would be same as if a doctor prescribed 100mg of a medicine, and you decided on your own to take take 150mg of the medicine. It is dangerous to do so.
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Postby m_k_rich » Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:50 am

Amos,

Please note that I did NOT advise jackball42 to do anything without consulting his doctor. Your warnings on that point are well-understood.

I will, however, comply with the forum policy.

I do, however, take issue with the legality of changing your pressure yourself under medical guidance. To make an analogy to prescription drugs: A doctor must prescribe it, a pharmacist must dispense it and provide couseling on its use, but I have ultimate control over taking off the child-proof cap and actually taking it, and no one will protest that I'm not a pharmacist. If my doctor approves, I can push buttons as well as a CRT can.

Can you please cite the law that informs your opinion? I don't mean to be combative, but opinions vary on this point, and so far I haven't been able to find a clear statement of the law.
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Postby ramsa » Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:42 pm

I can see both sides here.

Seems like if the law is followed to the letter, we are probably all in trouble for even putting our equipment on every night, and not having a person "certified" by the State do it for us...

The treatments are serious business, and your doctor should always be involved.

That being said, there are still alot of folks with a need to be helped that don't have the support of any extra money or insurance coverage. The donations of XPAP equipment and sleep study space can be an awesome boost for some, but there are many others fending for themselves, too.

I agree with not providing information on how to change prescribed settings here on this forum. Still, it's hard to be too critical of someone just trying to keep their health together under financial hardship.

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Postby Ross » Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:41 pm

Well, my own personal experience is sort of the opposite. My doctor prescribed everything (with a 10/6 bipap pressure). After a while I started checking number and was getting in the mid-high 20's for AHI. Long story short I said that this was too high and adjusted it. Rather than asking the doctor, I told him what I was doing. My current pressure is 13.6/10 giving me under 5 for AHI (and under 0.5 for AI). This is a condition that I have to manage, so I took it upon myself to learn about the condition, terminology, machine, reading, etc.

I'm not advocating doing anything yourself. You should talk with your doctor, but you should also take it upon yourself to manage your apnea. (OK, so I am a little bit advocating it)
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Postby feetr2c » Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:53 pm

This is the USA. I need a Dr's Rx to breathe air. I have long suspected that I may have OSA. I meet the risks: I am a male over 40, I snore, My dad had it, I am overweight, I wake up feeling more tired than when I went to bed, I dang near fall asleep when driving, etc. I decided to test my suspicions. After my father died, I "inheireted" his ResMed S7 Lightweight. I went online and purchased a mask and headgear. I went online to find out how to change the clinician settings. I set it to 6 cm H2O. After two nights, not better. I upped the setting to 8. Two more nights. Upped it to 10. WOW!!! I am like a new person! I wake up refreshed! I stay awake during the day! Dad's machine had over 10,000 hours on it. I called ResMed. 10,000 hours is approaching the expected lifetime of the machine. I went online and found a site that sells NEW FACTORY SEALED CPAPS/BiPAPS/AutoPAPS without an Rx. I ordered a brand new S8 Compact with 3i Heated Humidifier for $325 ($855 List. My $325 is far less than my insurance copay would be if I bought it 'legally.' ) I now sleep the night through, I have a new machine, I am fully functional throughout the day, CASE CLOSED. My conclusion: I have sleep apnea. I treated it myself. What's the problem? It's not like I'm diagnosing myself with a condition that requires a treatment of potentially dangerous medications. Rather I have diagnosed myself with a condition that requires a treatment of a fail-safe way of breathing AIR.
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Postby liljjo » Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:13 pm

I'm definitely not a medical professional but it seems to me that messing with your own diagnosis or settings is dangerous because apnea is related to all kinds of heart disease and other frightening conditions. Only a professional can balance your current prescriptions, health conditions, weight, age, and assorted other scenarios. I agree that, yes, we know what our bodies are telling us more than anyone else .... but there are folks far more educated than ourselves whose job it is to ensure we're safe.

Why would anyone take a chance like this when expertise is available? No monetary saving is worth my life!
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Postby val » Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:37 pm

Amen Brother. Go to it. If you are having bad nights, turn up the juice a little and see if you feel better. If you do then fine. And if you stay ok, then try and turn it down a little and see if you still are ok. Half the time the so called experts are even dumber than we are. And those $2,000 a night sleep studies, if ever there was a racket! Teddy Roosevelt would get after these folks.
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Postby Mike » Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:56 am

val wrote:Amen Brother. Go to it. If you are having bad nights, turn up the juice a little and see if you feel better. If you do then fine. And if you stay ok, then try and turn it down a little and see if you still are ok. Half the time the so called experts are even dumber than we are. And those $2,000 a night sleep studies, if ever there was a racket! Teddy Roosevelt would get after these folks.


Yup, just crank it up its only air.

Ask they guy that landed himself in the hospital because the pressure was too high.


This is not the Do It Yourself forum. That one is sponsored by a DME that will sell you anything. Here we are trying to make sure that you stay healthy. Not line our pockets with your money.
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