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Fisher & Paykel Humidifier – The Pioneers of Humidification Technology for CPAP Machines

January 17, 2012 |

Interestingly, neither ResMed nor Phillips Respironics was the first CPAP manufacturer to add heated humidification to their CPAP machine.  In fact, it was Fisher & Paykel Healthcare back in the early 90’s that first introduced a humidifier and warm air into the CPAP circuit.  Because of Fisher & Paykel’s in-depth knowledge of ventilation in the []

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Comparing Fisher & Paykel Full Face CPAP Masks

January 09, 2012 |

Although Fisher & Paykel is best known for household appliances, the company also has a fairly significant healthcare business.  Fisher & Paykel also has a full line of CPAP equipment. Their product line includes the Icon CPAP line and a number of nasal, nasal pillow, and full face CPAP masks. In fact, some of Fisher []

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Benefits of Auto-adjusting CPAP Machines

December 13, 2011 |

Auto-adjusting CPAP machines (APAP) are designed to automatically adjust the amount of pressure delivered on a breathe by breathe basis.

CPAP Comparisons & Reviews

Comparing ResMed Nasal Pillow Mask – Swift FX, Swift LT and Swift II

December 09, 2011 |

ResMed’s continues to reinvent and improve upon the Swift line of masks. Some veteran CPAP users will remember that when the original ResMed Swift hit the market, it took off like wildfire. Nasal pillow masks were relatively new and ResMed brought the Swift to market at the perfect time. Although the original Swift was quite []

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Is A Bipap Machine Right For You?

December 01, 2011 |

CPAP users have probably heard the term Bi-level, VPAP or BiPAP but are unclear about what it is and how it differs from a regular CPAP machine. Without getting too technical, there are a few key differences between a normal CPAP machine and the more complex BiPAP machine. As CPAP users are aware, a regular []

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Which ResMed Full Face CPAP Mask is Best for You?

November 14, 2011 |

If you’ve been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, you are undoubtedly trying to narrow the choice of masks. If your mouth opens during sleep, one option would be full face CPAP masks. The full face CPAP mask is used to deliver pressure through both the nose and mouth. Trying to decide which full face CPAP mask []

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Sleep Apena, CPAP and the Trucking Industry

October 18, 2010 |

The Trucking Industry is Struggling with Sleep Apnea Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has renewed its focus on helping to reduce fatigue in operators of various modes of transportation. The obvious risks for air, rail, marine and trucking operators are injury or death to themselves and others. However, hidden costs such as loss []

CPAP Payment & Insurance

Does Insurance Cover CPAP Machines?

October 15, 2010 |

Health care and the way Americans approach health care decisions have changed. This article discusses some of the potential changes for the sleep therapy device market.

Sleep Apnea in Women

Sleep Apnea in Women: CPAP Equipment for Women

September 24, 2010 |

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder believed to affect approximately 22 million Americans, with the majority of cases remaining undiagnosed or untreated.1 Traditional research shows that men are 2-3 times more likely to experience sleep apnea than women. However, new research suggests that these estimates could be low, as women could present symptoms differently.2 []

CPAP Comparisons & Reviews

Phillips Respironics PR System One Pro vs. Devilbiss IntelliPAP BiLevel S

September 10, 2010 |

Continue reading for a comparison guide for BiPAP machines.  If you were recently diagnosed with Sleep Apnea and prescribed a BiPAP machine by your physician, the good news is that technology has advanced significantly in the past few years.  However, BiPAP machines are generally more expensive than a standard CPAP machine. A Brief Summary of []

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Why It’s Necessary to Replace CPAP Supplies After Summer

August 31, 2010 |

Now that summer is at its end, it is a good time to replace some of your CPAP supplies and equipment.  After the last few months of traveling, dust and pollen, supplies such as tubing, filters, and mask cushions need changing.  While replacing your CPAP supplies should adhere to a regular replacement schedule to maximize []

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CPAP Masks and CPAP Mask Replacement

August 27, 2010 |

Many patients do not understand the importance of replacing CPAP masks and parts on a regular basis. It is important to clean. your CPAP mask and tubing. You should replace parts such as cushions, headgear, and tubing on a regular basis.  This article discusses how ignoring the replacement timeline can lead to sleep therapy discomfort, mask []

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Travel CPAP & Batteries – All You Need to Know

August 18, 2010 |

CPAP patients should never sleep without their machines. That is why a number of CPAP manufacturers are producing travel CPAP machines – so users can continue their therapy on the go, away from home. However, for individuals who are camping or without access to power, a travel CPAP isn’t enough. Here is everything you need []

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Best Practices for Using A CPAP Machine

July 19, 2010 |

Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) keeps air passages open, making breathing easier. However, a large percentage of people who purchase CPAP machines stop using them, despite the obvious benefits. There are many common problems that patients experience while using the device, and most have simple solutions. Using []

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Solving CPAP Mask Problems: Getting the Right Fit on a CPAP Mask

June 07, 2010 |

A CPAP mask is the most important piece of CPAP equipment you’ll use, and also the trickiest to use correctly. Many doctors and sleep therapists who see thousands of patients will tell you that the number one CPAP therapy complaint is mask fit. Your machine is only one part of CPAP therapy—your mask is more []

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ResMed CPAP Uses and Tips

April 15, 2010 |

Snoring is one of the signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a medical condition causing the sleeper to stop breathing and, in turn, increases the risk of stroke or heart attack. About 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with (OSA).The most common treatment for moderate or severe OSA is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) []

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How To Clean a CPAP Humidifier

December 25, 2009 |

Calcium and other minerals bond to like molecules and eventually collect on the surfaces in the cpap humidifier water chamber.

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How to Choose the Best CPAP Chin Strap For You

November 22, 2009 |

CPAP chin straps secure the cpap mask to the patients head making it easier to sleep. The general category of CPAP headgear includes the CPAP chin strap.

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Adjusting Expiratory Pressure Relief (EPR) in ResMed S8 Elite 2

August 23, 2009 |

In order to adjust the Expiratory Pressure Relief of the ResMed S8 Elite 2 CPAP machine, your machine must be set up by your clinician to allow you to make the adjustments.

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CPAP Masks: Solving 3 Common Problems

July 31, 2009 |

For some people, just the thought of having to secure a plastic mask to their face is unpleasant. Sleep is a precious commodity to all. But it is particularly precious to the people suffering from sleep apnea. The idea of sleep which many of us take for granted now becomes a monumental undertaking. The build []

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

How Often to Change CPAP Filters

July 23, 2009 |

There are two types of CPAP filters. Each type has its own purpose and must be maintained differently.

CPAP Comparisons & Reviews

Nasal Pillow Vs Nasal Mask: CPAP Mask Comparison

June 14, 2009 |

Whether you are new to CPAP or well versed in the many styles and features of CPAP masks, this brief summary will give you an idea about two different CPAP mask styles and which might be best for you. What Is a Nasal Mask? Traditionally, CPAP nasal masks have been the most common type of []

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment & Tips

Obesity is a Contributor of Chronic Snoring

June 14, 2009 |

According to The Center for Disease Control, obesity has hit epidemic proportions with more than 25% of Americans being obese[1]. Obesity brings with it many health-related problems that can be controlled and reduced with proper rest and diet. One such problem is obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep-disordered breathing condition. Understanding obesity, improving one’s diet, and []

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Sleep Sounder Even With Sleep Apnea

June 14, 2009 |

So your doctor says you have sleep apnea. Your doctor probably recommended the nightly use of a CPAP machine, which is the number one treatment for this disorder. With the use of your CPAP machine every night you should see an improvement in how you sleep and how you feel in the morning. However, there []

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment & Tips

Cycling Your Sleep

June 14, 2009 |

Sleep is an important part of our lives. Without enough of it our bodies collapse with fatigue. However, different people do sleep differently and their bodies require different amounts of sleep. Some people can sleep as little as 5 hours a night and function just fine day to day, and some people require more than []