Respiratory Therapists: Your Coach

Respiratory Therapists Are Your Coaches

Best way to start PAP therapy off on the right foot? Use our respiratory therapists.

What respiratory therapists do:

  • Calling up to follow up on therapy every 3, 14, 30, 60, 90 days
  • Checking compliance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Giving advice on cleaning
  • Exchanging faulty equipment
  • Facilitating machine or equipment exchanges for a better fitting mask or newer machine

Once the one-on-one setups are done and the patient settles into PAP therapy, there will be particular moments that Breathe Medical’s respiratory therapists will check up on a patient’s progress.

As these first few months of PAP therapy wear on, our respiratory therapists will be here as a pillar of your support system. Patients can contact a respiratory therapist via phone (866-535-2727) or email (RT@breathemed.com) and get direct advice or encouragement if anything comes up.

Following Up

Our respiratory therapists will also reach out to patients after the following periods of time have elapsed:

  • 3 days
  • 14 days
  • 1 month
  • 60 days
  • 90 days

If anything abnormal occurs within these time periods, our respiratory therapist will contact you and advise you on the best way to proceed. For example, if there are issues with dry mouths or throats, a suggestion might be to change tubing to one that carries humidified air.

Mask & Equipment Exchanges

If the patient would like to switch mask types, the respiratory therapists will be the first point of contact for that matter. Whether or not the patient has difficulty with therapy due to mask discomfort can be resolved with the help of a respiratory therapist.

Another aspect of support is exchanging faulty machines or malfunctioning pieces of PAP therapy equipment. If a patient suddenly discovers a hole in their mask or tubing before the re-supply date arrives, they can always call our respiratory therapists for new equipment.

Also, our respiratory therapists will remind patients the best way to clean their equipment is on a weekly and daily schedule. Your equipment will only be at optimal levels if patients clean it. Only mild detergent or soap can be used. Do not leave equipment drying directly in the sun either.

Bottom Line

Whether a patient needs to go through troubleshooting, exchange some equipment, or get tidbits of advice about cleaning, our respiratory therapists are here for you.

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 to an RT about your PAP therapy!

 

 

 

Setting You Up For PAP Therapy Success

Could you imagine starting a new therapy with no hands-on guidance?

It would be so difficult to learn the intricacies of something this foreign without the step-by-step direction from a professional. This is why Breathe Medical, first and foremost, takes patient care and PAP therapy seriously and provides an excellent support system with patients and respiratory therapists.

The Advantage

Respiratory therapist setups are one-on-one directly with the patient, usually in a patient’s home, in order to familiarize the patient with the entire PAP therapy setup that they need to get used to. A one-on-one setup covers the following topics:

  • What Sleep Apnea & AHI Is
  • Type of PAP Therapy & Usage
  • Mask Types
  • Patient Mask Preference
  • Taking Care of Your Equipment
  • Cleaning Schedule
  • Replacing Supplies

What is Sleep Apnea & AHI?

For most people, sleep apnea doesn’t mean much besides snoring during sleep. However, ignoring the signs or symptoms of snoring, daytime drowsiness, or restless sleep can lead to serious long-term consequences. The respiratory therapist will dive into the potential consequences of untreated sleep apnea and how patient can combat the negative consequences. The goal of giving patients a better night of sleep will also be measured with AHI.

AHI (apnea-hypopnea index) is represented by the number of apnea and hypopnea events per hour of sleep –  basically, whenever your breathing stops or slows down to abnormal levels all adds up to AHI levels that can range from nearly zero to severe. The lower the AHI, the better the patient’s circumstances will be.

AHI

  • 0 – 4: Normal
  • 5 – 14: Mild
  • 15 – 29: Moderate
  • Greater than or Equal to 30: Severe

Types of PAP Therapy & Usage

The most common machine dispensed for obstructive sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. A BiPap machine may also be dispensed for obstructive sleep apnea if the patient is unable to tolerate CPAP therapy. An ASV machine is dispensed for central and complex sleep apnea.

The goal is to have the patient use their machine at least 6-8 hours per night. Continuous usage at 6-8 hours per night is the only way someone will see positive PAP therapy results.

The machines and equipment are all designed with a patient’s comfort and treatment in mind, so the respiratory therapist will guide everyone through the useful features and cloud technology that comes with modern CPAP machines. Notable features of PAP therapy machines include:

  • Heated Humidifier
  • Wireless Modem for compliance and MyAir/Dream Mapper Reports
  • Auto Ramp/Ramp Features
  • EPR/C-Flex
  • Run Mask Fit Test
  • Airplane Mode

Mask Type & Preference

The entire setup will take about 1 hour. The respiratory therapist will begin with a series of questions to help determine the type of mask that will best suit the patient.

Once the type of mask has been chosen, the respiratory therapist will guide each patient through assembly and disassembly of the machine and equipment. One of the most important aspects of effective PAP therapy is cleaning the equipment for optimal functionality, so the RT will go through daily and weekly cleaning guidelines.

Cleaning

Daily:

  • Wipe down the mask with a damp towel, submerge it in a mild detergent and warm water to remove any debris, oil, or sweat that could prevent a good seal, then wipe it with a clean towel and let it air-dry.
  • For your water chamber, empty any leftover water each morning and refill it with more distilled water to keep your humidifier fresh and prevent any mineral buildup.
  • If you’re sick, clean your equipment DAILY to eliminate the germs.

Weekly:

  • Wash your water chamber in the sink with mild soapy water and let it air-day before putting it back on the machine.
  • Use ammonia-free mild detergent to get rid of dust, bacteria, and any other germs from tubing, mask, and headgear by submerging them in a mild detergent and warm water for 5 minutes. Thoroughly rinse the equipment before letting it air-dry and hanging the tubing to let all the excess water out.

Pro Tips:

  • Do not place your equipment in direct sunlight to avoid accelerated deterioration of the equipment.
  • Be sure to make cleaning a regular part of your morning to give enough time for your equipment to air-dry before bedtime!

Replacing Your Supplies

The most vital aspect of effective PAP therapy is replacing the equipment before the wear and tear prevents optimum treatment in your nightly usage goals. The usual replacement guideline will be the following:

Every 1 Month:

  • Mask Cushion
  • Filter

Every 3 Months:

  • Mask & Headgear
  • CPAP Tubing
  • Filter

Every 6 Months:

  • Mask & Headgear
  • CPAP Tubing
  • Filter
  • Water Chamber

 

Bottom Line: We want to make sure you are fully equipped to start your PAP therapy off on the right foot, so these one-on-one respiratory therapist setups are solely for the patients to benefit from a solid PAP therapy foundation with a knowledgeable professional.

 

 

Take a Closer Look at The N10 Nasal Mask

You’ve tried the full face mask.

You’ve tried the pillows mask.

Somehow, these masks just weren’t right for you. How about trying something in between the coverage of the full face mask and the slimness of the pillows mask? Take a look at the ResMed AirFit N10 nasal mask to see if this might be the perfect companion for your PAP therapy journey!

With masks of the For Him and For Her variety (see above for the For Him version and see the For Her version below), there will be a perfect nasal mask for every patient seeking the comfort and unobtrusiveness of the nasal mask.

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A Closer Look

As you can see right off the bat, the unique under-eye frame allows patients to have a clear line of sight for uninterrupted daily routines – feel free to read, wear glasses, or move around without fearing the mask will be too tight or slip off. Your need to move around without the hindrance of a tight mask or uncomfortable straps on your face. Do not feel obligated to tolerate discomfort in your PAP therapy. If your discomfort persists and you cannot adjust your mask well enough to achieve some level of comfort, it might be time to switch to a different mask.

Dependable Design

The N10 Nasal Mask even has slimmed down straps for increased comfort and less facial strain for a superior wearer experience. Another aspect of the mask that should be touched on is the presence of a SpringAirTM dual-wall cushion that gives an increased seal and comfort all throughout the night in order for a peak PAP therapy experience. Light and durable flexi-tubing in the frame permits patients’ full movement without losing a good seal, so patients do not have to worry at all about the mask slipping off or being too constricting.

EasyClick self-aligning SoftEdgeTM headgear clips are also a straightforward feature that makes this mask stand out is being so quick to take on or off. The magnetic clips allow for very great ease in taking the mask on and off and struggling to get a mask off your face will not be a challenge in your nightly routine anymore.

The weight of this N10 nasal mask will not even be an issue in your sleep either. At a weight of less than 3 ounces, you will not be weighed down at all with this mask  during slumber. If you’re concerned about the noise that this mask might emit – do not worry. The N10 nasal mask contains venting that is circular diffused in order to keep exhalation air away from your partner and maintain a serene sleep environment.

Bottom Line

With its small number of parts and key-clip connecting the cushion to frame, cleaning and reassembling are not a hassle at all and the immensely quiet environment of this N10 nasal mask will allow each patient an effective and comfortable PAP therapy experience each night.

 

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 have any additional questions about the ResMed AirFit N10 Nasal Mask! We are here to help you.

 

 

5 Tips for Keeping your CPAP Clean

Need to Clean Your CPAP?

Don’t put it off until tomorrow. Procrastination and PAP Therapy do NOT go together.

  1. Make a schedule.
  2. Be consistent.
  3. Mild detergent only.
  4. Always air dry.
  5. No excuses!

How often do you forget to do something?

If you’re one of the many people who are just overwhelmed in the day and lose track of all the tasks you have to complete in a 24-hour period, take a gander at these tips listed above for the best ways to at least get your PAP therapy! We’ll elaborate on each of the steps below.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”pencil-2″ wrap=”span”] Make a schedule.

Getting these cleaning tasks down on paper or a calendar will get you to a point where cleaning your equipment is like second nature. You won’t even wonder: “When do I clean my water chamber again? Oh, it’s my daily 7am activity to change out the distilled water and clean the chamber with mild detergent – it’s right there on my calendar.”

“Did I already wash my tubing with mild detergent and let it air dry? Oh, there’s that phone reminder to do that! Let me get to it.”

“Let me check what’s on my scheduler today – oh, I still need to wipe down my mask with a damp towel, submerge it in mild detergent and warm water, then wipe it with a clean towel and let it air-dry before I use my machine tonight.”

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”span”] Be consistent.

Being consistent is one of the best things you can do for your PAP therapy to be effective. Effective results require a dedication to consistency that is the only way to achieve real progress! Think of an exercise program or new healthy lifestyle – you wouldn’t just exercise once a week, would you? It’s the same idea with your PAP therapy.

If you want to get better sleep, you have to keep up the therapy in order to get your body used to these pieces of equipment for the ultimate goal of more quality sleep, so consistency in your therapy is key to accomplishing your longterm goals of better health of yourself and happiness of those around you.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”pushpin” wrap=”span”] Mild detergent only.

When you clean your equipment, using harsh soaps will deteriorate your gear at a much more rapid rate than necessary!

Only use mild detergents as recommended by the manufacturer and your gear will last as long as you are gently cleaning and taking care of it on a regular basis. If you are not sure if your detergent is mild enough, definitely do not hesitate to give your equipment manufacturer a call or even contact our respiratory therapists to ask for suggestions or advice.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”spinner-5″ wrap=”span”] Always air dry.

Setting your equipment in the sun is not a wise choice for longterm equipment usage.

The sunlight is usually to harsh for direct exposure with any of your PAP therapy equipment, so be sure to keep your equipment out of the sun when it needs to air dry and check on it periodically if there are windows in the room that might cast sunlight directly onto the drying equipment. While air-drying, be sure to also hang your tubing to ensure that all the excess water drains out.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”wink” wrap=”i”] No excuses.

Seriously.

No excuses for skipping out on your PAP therapy! Your CPAP wants you to use it, clean it, and get better sleep with it – is that such a tall order? Not at all. With your loved ones around you and Breathe Medical behind you, we know you can give the consistency and dedication for successful sleep apnea treatment.

 

 

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 have any additional questions about cleaning your equipment! We are here to help you.

 

 

Can Kids have Sleep Apnea?

As highlighted in a recent article (“Sleep Apnea Affecting Young Kids”), children can experience sleep apnea.

Does your child experience any of the following during the night?

  • Snoring loudly on a regular basis.
  • Pausing, gasping or snorting to show being short of breath.
  • Being restless or sleeping in abnormal positions.
  • Sweating a lot during sleep.

Does your child experience any of the following during the daytime?

  • Social or behavioral issues.
  • Low energy level during the day.
  • Headaches. Especially in the morning.
  • Mood swings or being irritable or aggressive.
  • Falling asleep during odd times.

If you see your child experiencing any of these things, it might be necessary to consult a medical professional to see if sleep apnea is in your child’s life.

Nemours Pediatric Pulmonary sleep doctor, Chris Makris:

“…2 to 4% of children have sleep apnea.”

If your child complains of being tired even though they’ve gotten a full night of sleep, they may be indirectly telling you that sleep apnea is in their life. Just be sure to get a medical professional’s opinion on the matter.

According to Makris, some children can get sleep apnea during the infant stage, but many are more likely to get it during the toddler or teenager stage. There are masks for PAP therapy machines and all ages, so be sure to look into all the different mask options for your child.

Once your child can sleep better, they are much more likely to do better in school due to increased alertness and higher cognizant levels during the daytime hours. Do not worry about discomfort during sleep because the right mask will give your child the restful sleep he or she needs to be successful in daytime activities.

 

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 have any additional questions about sleep apnea! We are here to help you.

 

 

A Look into the AirSense 10 CPAP

ResMed AirSense10 Elite CPAP

The AirSense 10 CPAP Machine.

Not sure which machine to start with in your new sleep apnea treatment?

ResMed’s AirSense 10 CPAP is a solid introductory machine that shares the stability of all the AirSense line through advanced data integration allowing for 24/7 data tracking and patient monitoring. This data collection software is called myAir software allows everyone involved in the treatment (whether it’s the patient or the respiratory therapist) to be able to pinpoint any abnormalities during sleep. Besides the [highlight dark=”no”]software capabilities[/highlight] of the AirSense 10, the machine itself has been designed to be [highlight dark=”no”]easy-to-use[/highlight] and as [highlight dark=”no”]unobtrusive[/highlight] as possible.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”spinner-5″ wrap=”span”] No need to worry about dry air invading your system – the AirSense 10 is equipped with a humidifier integrated into the system for more streamlined temperature and humidity settings (including automatic climate control).

[wp-svg-icons icon=”laptop” wrap=”span”] Don’t worry about straining your neck to see the machine at night either – there is an angled LCD screen for easy bedside viewing and the machine’s ambient light sensor employs a backlight that won’t disturb you or your bed partner.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”volume-decrease” wrap=”span”] Will the machine’s noises cause you to stay up? Not at all. There is a Quiet Easy-Breathe(TM) motor in the AirSense 10 that allows for a peaceful sleeping environment. With Easy-Breathe devices being up to 90% quieter than any other PAP flow generators on the market, rest assured that your AirSense 10 CPAP machine will not be a disruption in the slightest.

To summarize, the key functions of the AirSense 10 CPAP are as follows: [tooltip title=”Initial low air pressure delivery leading into slumber and gradually increasing pressure to the prescribed level for each patient.”]AutoRamp with Sleep Onset Detection*[/tooltip], Climate Control with the option for Enhance Climate Control Auto, [tooltip title=”Decreases patient’s pressure during exhalation on breath-by-breath basis to promote comfort, therapy compliance and smoother breathing during treatment.”]Expiratory Pressure Relief*[/tooltip], [tooltip title=”Automatic device power-on by breathing into a mask and automatic shut-off when removing mask”]Smart Start*[/tooltip], and the built-in wireless connectivity with myAir.

*Hover over for further details on these features.

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 this machine might be for you or if you have any questions at all! We are here to help you.

 

What Are Some PAP Therapy Benefits?

What are some PAP therapy benefits you should expect after being set up?

The PAP therapy benefits range from short-term results to long-term gains, but one thing is for certain: [highlight dark=”no”]you will feel BETTER[/highlight]. It may not happen immediately after you are set up on the new equipment, but with some time and effort, you’ll be feeling more refreshed and hardly believe how you even endured life without PAP therapy to combat your sleep apnea.

Physical Benefits

The daily fatigue or headaches you might have had to suffer through will gradually disappear, once you get used to the PAP therapy treatment and earnestly put in the time and effort to try and become accustomed to the machine or equipment. Besides feeling more awake with potentially fewer instances of getting up during the night and less snoring, you will have a much more restful demeanor overall.

Mental Benefits

The taxing effects of sleep deprivation might be felt through lapses in memory loss, mood swings, or learning difficulties, but once the PAP therapy starts to become a part of your daily routine, you’ll feel much more ready to tackle any daytime activity that you may have once deemed too draining or you didn’t have the level of concentration for it – due to the mental fatigue sleep deprivation has built up over time. Your mind won’t feel “clouded” or “foggy” anymore once you start getting back to the quality sleep your body needs.

Social Benefits

With the increased level of restful sleep, your family and friends should start noticing a more alert you! Instead of maybe an irritable, perpetually tired, moody father or spouse, you’re feeling better overall and that gets reflected positively in your surrounding peers too. The snoring your loved one tolerates is also subsiding, so he or she is probably very excited to be able to sleep in a relatively quiet environment again.

To ensure that you receive all these benefits from your PAP therapy, the key things to do after you’ve gone through setup are:

  • Seek out help from Breathe Medical’s respiratory therapists if you have any concerns or questions
  • Use your PAP therapy machine [highlight dark=”yes”]at least 6 hours per night[/highlight] in order to get accustomed to your mask and have a chance for the PAP therapy to work
  • Take note of Breathe Medical’s respiratory therapist check-in calls or emails to ask about any abnormalities that may be occurring during the PAP therapy nightly usage

 

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 your PAP therapy isn’t helping you to the fullest extent or if you have any additional concerns or questions! We are here to help you.

 

 

Walking through Your Standard Water Chamber

 

[highlight dark=”yes”]Have you ever thought about your water chamber?[/highlight]

 

The standard water chamber for the AirSense™ 10 and AirCurve™ 10 line of machines (pictured above) is one of the most integral parts of your CPAP/BiPAP machine and just like the other components of your machine – it must be regularly maintained and replaced as time goes on. Without the water chamber and humidifying properties of a CPAP machine, people will most likely experience morning dry mouth as well as dry nasal passages that could lead to irritation or inflammation. To ensure that your PAP therapy is comfortable while still being effective, humidification is key and a functioning water chamber will allow for great humidity.

[highlight dark=”no”]Do you know if you’re taking proper care of your water chamber?[/highlight]

 

Here are some cleaning guidelines:

  • It is recommended that you wash your humidifier and tubing daily in warm water, using a mild cleaning agent. Rinse those parts thoroughly with clean water and allow them to dry away from direct sunlight.
  • Once a week, inspect the water chamber for wear and deterioration.
  • Replace the water chamber if any component has cracked, become cloudy or has odd indents.
  • If you start noticing white powder or deposits in the water chamber..
    • (1) Fill the water chamber to the maximum water level mark with a mixture of one part vinegar to ten parts water.
    • (2) Soak this solution for ten minutes.
    • (3) Discard the solution and rinse the water chamber with clean water.
  • Fill your water chamber with only distilled or sterile water.
  • Do not use tap water. It may contain minerals and chemicals that can damage components of the machine.
  • It is also not recommended to use filtered water (i.e. through a Brita filter) for the same reasons.
  • Do not use: bleach, alcohol, chlorine or ammonia-based solutions; moisturising, antibacterial or glycerine based soaps; and water softening and unapproved descaling agents should also be avoided.

 

Using distilled water will lengthen the life of your water chamber and reduce mineral deposits, so always try and use distilled water as much as you can. The recommended replacement schedule for water chambers is six months per chamber, so as long as you abide by the recommended care guidelines, your water chamber should provide aid in optimal humidification for at least those six months before replacement.

 

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 have any trouble with cleaning your water chamber or replacing your water chamber! We are here to help you.

 

What is Sleep Apnea? Breathe Medical can help with that.

The Importance of Replacing CPAP Supplies

 

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As important as dental hygiene is, how well do you take care of your CPAP equipment? For patients undergoing sleep apnea treatment, the CPAP is the most vital tool in their arsenal. One of the best things you could do for your treatment to be effective both in the long-term and short-term is replace your CPAP supplies with the recommended replacement schedule. This CPAP device is in charge of helping put air into your body – why not take care of it to prevent it from malfunctioning?

Keep in mind that different CPAP parts wear out at different times, but the recommended replacement guidelines are as follows:

Every…

15 Days: replace your nasal cushions/pillows*

(* contingent on insurance)

1 Month: get a new mask cushion (or 2) and a new filter

3 Months: get a new mask, new tubing for your CPAP machine, and a new filter

6 Months: get a new mask, new tubing for your CPAP machine, new filter, new water chamber for your machine, and new headgear

Be sure to check with your insurance provider to see if you qualify for this recommend replacement schedule for your CPAP supplies. Different insurance providers may have different standards.

BEWARE: if you see any signs of holes, tears, leakages, or discoloration on or around your mask or other machine components, replace that item as soon as possible. Properly functioning parts will provide optimal treatment, so it’s in your best interest to keep your CPAP working as smoothly as possible.

Got headgear? Replace your headgear sooner than every six months if you experience over-stretching or when the elastic is obviously worn out. Do not keep tightening overstretched elastic – that will just provoke improperly-fitting masks and potential face strain.

Besides timely replacement for your CPAP gear, be sure to always maintain the cleanliness of your devices too. The life of a mask can depend on such factors as the amount of oils secreted by the skin, the frequency of mask cleaning, and how often you use the mask. It is best to follow guidelines in each new mask user kit and follow a constant cleaning routine as suggested by mask manufacturers in order to have a mask that functions and helps you breathe properly. Always be consistent in your mask cleaning and use the recommended gentle cleaning agents to prevent accelerated deteriorating of your mask.

For your prolonged health and quality sleep, be sure to consistently replace your CPAP supplies with the recommended schedule and your sleep apnea treatment will be effective!

 

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 have any trouble with replacement or have any additional questions! We are here to help you. [/vc_column_text][boc_spacing][/vc_column][/vc_row]

 

 

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.