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8 Things We’re Thankful For…

In honor of the imminent Thanksgiving holiday, let’s jump straight into the reflective aspect of this season of thanks, with eight things we here at Breathe Medical are grateful for — one of which would be the eight years of business we’ve had the honor of building up, so far!

1) Being able to spread awareness, treatment, and awesome customer service to sleep apnea patients and their family or friends who have had to endure the consequences of sleep apnea (lethargy, depression, and hypertension – just to name a few that affect a significant number of the sleep apnea population).

2) Having the power to keep tabs on patients 24/7 with cloud technology software (myAir, AirView, and U-Sleep) that allows our respiratory therapists to have the most accurate reports on improvement or noncompliance with all of our patients.

3) Offering three of the best CPAP masks for quality, durability, and comfort on the market (ResMed’s AirFit N10, P10, and F10) in order to satisfy and effectively treat our patients and offer them viable, long-term solutions for their sleep apnea.

4) Growing a solid relationship with the sleep specialists and physicians in the California network in order to promote the best support structures for patients at each stage of sleep apnea diagnosis — whether it’s the initial titration or just a split-night study — we are ready to stand by our patients every step of the way.

5) Engaging patients with more severe respiratory ailments like COPD, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, and even asthma in long-term oxygen therapy or nebulizer therapy with our team of highly-dedicated respiratory therapists who know the value each of these portable machines can bring into the life of someone struggling to take the next breath.

6) Asserting the right to guide someone towards recognizing they have sleep apnea — whether it’s a constant snore, presence of hypertension, or even a large neck size — we believe that recognizing the symptoms and taking action to give someone the opportunity to improve their life is one of the intrinsic factors of why we strive to combat sleep apnea and will continue to do so with utmost dedication.

7) Treating everyone we meet, regardless of age or background, with the same high level of care and follow-up required to sustain the effectiveness of our CPAP, oxygen, or nebulizer therapy and with this high standard of care that we exhibit, we are elevating the standards or this sleep apnea treatment and forging a way to becoming the premier DME site for excellent care and treatment.

8) Seeing results and satisfied patients or family members of patients is simply one of the most fulfilling things in our business.

What could be better than being in the business of breathing?

Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]patientcare@breathemed.com[/highlight] if you want to talk about PAP therapy options or anything else! We are here to help you.

Behind the ASV Machine

For those patients living with breathing disorders where the brain cannot fully regulate breathing patterns anymore – such as central sleep apnea – a regular CPAP machine just cannot handle the necessary breathing regiment. An ASV (adaptive servo-ventilation machine) is required to assist these patients in breathing for both inhalation and exhalation cycles.

There is More that Meets the Eye.

An ASV machine can look nearly identical to a CPAP or BiPAP. See the examples below:

ResMed AirCurve 10. Breath Medical can help you with your sleep apnea treatment.This is ResMed’s AirCurve 10 ASV.

Breathe Medical is here to help with your sleep apnea treatment with the help of ResMed's AirSense10.This is ResMed’s AirSense 10 CPAP.

ResMed AirCurve10 VAutoThis is ResMed’s AirCurve 10S BiPAP.

So how can you distinguish which one’s which?

The features within the machine are the significant factors to pay close attention to.

An ASV machine allows patients with central breathing disorders ([tooltip title=”abnormal breathing that can gradually get deeper or quicker to result in an apnea event”]Cheyne-Stokes respiration[/tooltip], [tooltip title=”your brain doesn’t send the right signals to tell the body to breathe regularly”]central sleep apnea[/tooltip], and associated obstructive events or mixed sleep apnea) a chance to have a machine to stabilize breathing with auto-adjusting pressure support and auto-adjusting expiratory positive airway pressure. For ResMed’s AirCurve 10 ASV, this ASV actually targets a patient’s recent minute ventilations in order to provide the most comfortable range of breathing cycle pressures for each patient.

Basically, all ASV machines are the supporting backbone to respiratory wellness for patients who cannot breathe flawlessly of their own accord. By allowing air to keep flowing into a patient’s airway through tested algorithms that match and adapt to each patient’s breathing patterns, an ASV machine can help keep you breathing regularly. It knows what a regular breathing pattern for each patient looks like, so if a patient happens to be breathing a little too infrequently or too shallow, the ASV can help make the breathing pattern regular again.

See the features of the ResMed AirCurve 10 ASV here to get official names for all the complex features of the ASV machine pictured above.

The main concern for those wondering if they should have an ASV machine or not should be:

Can they still breathe regularly during sleep or not?  If their brain isn’t sending signals to keep breathing normally and they tend to stop breathing during the night, it might be necessary to get checked again through a sleep study to see if the patient needs an ASV machine. CPAP and BiPAP machines will not help someone with a central or mixed sleep apnea – only ASV machines can effectively help.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”notification” wrap=”span”] Check with your personal physician first to see if the adaptive servo-ventilation option is right for you and if there would be any negative consequences to trying it out.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]patientcare@breathemed.com[/highlight] if you think you might need an ASV machine! We are here to help you.

 

 

Why do People Quit Treatment?

There’s always some attrition that happens in all fields and circumstances – whether it’s a war of attrition in history or the rate of attrition in a difficult college major – but those that tough it out through the hardships are the ones that reap the most benefits. This is the same with personal health. How often do people quit exercising or fall off the bandwagon of eating healthy? Countless times.

The question we want to answer here is: [highlight dark=”no”]Why do some patients quit sleep apnea treatment?[/highlight]

The reasons may range, but some of the top justifications for therapy cessation are:

  • Bad support system
  • Discomfort from masks
  • Discomfort from machine pressures 

These are all things within a person’s control.

Breathe Medical acts as a foundation of support and perpetual encouragement, but if someone is not fully willing to adjust and persist through with their sleep apnea therapy, our support can only go so far. Even if someone knows that untreated sleep apnea can lead to dire circumstances – even to the extent of death – they may not be fully willing to go through each step of treatment and take the time to consult with their respiratory therapist or personal physician for support.

[highlight dark=”no”]What can be done to resolve these reasons for quitting?[/highlight]

 

#1: Potential solutions for a poor support system.

  • When the support system of both a patient’s healthcare professionals team and personal family or friends are both positively affirming that the patient can be successful in sleep apnea treatment, the patient should have enough encouragement both inside and out of the home to keep treatment a top priority.
  • If a patient explains to their loved ones how important it is for sleep apnea treatment to be consistent in order to be effective, those around them should be much more receptive and aware of how significant this treatment could lead to increased quality of life.
  • Keep your personal physician and Breathe Medical in the loop of how the therapy is feeling and if there are any troubles that need to be addressed. They are the biggest cheerleaders and only want what’s best for patients.

 

#2: Discomfort from masks.

  • If something is uncomfortable or unbearable, seek out your personal physician or a respiratory therapist at Breathe Medical as soon as possible.
  • Something as minor as moving the mask a little bit lower on the face could solve persisting problems, but if that isn’t working, be sure to consult Breathe Medical.
  • Take care to not tighten the elastic bands too much. Over-tightening the headgear may lead to facial strain.

 

#3: Discomfort from machine pressures.

  • Talk to Breathe Medical’s respiratory therapists if a pressure might be too high or too low.
  • Make sure to consult your personal physician for a confirmations of pressure changes.
  • Humidity might play a role in nightly comfort, so consult Breathe Medical to see if there should be any tubing changes or humidity changes.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]patientcare@breathemed.com[/highlight] if you need any help getting better sleep or if you have any questions at all! We are here to help you.