Complete Sleep Apnea & CPAP / APAP Machine Information
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SLEEP APNEASleep Apnea KILLS, but is "curable".
People that snore loudly are very likely to have Sleep Apnea
- it affects more than twelve million Americans.
Over-weight people are more likely to have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea happens when your air passage gets abnormally closed while sleeping.
"There are three types of apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed; of
the three, obstructive (OSA) is the most common." - sleepapnea.org
"Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other
cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency,
DEATH and headaches. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be
responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes.
Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. Several treatment
options exist, and research into additional options continues. " - SleepApnea ORG
The "cure" for sleep apnea is to use a CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure)
machine when sleeping. Note that a CPAP machine will STOP YOU FROM SNORING.
A standard CPAP machine will output are at a pre-set pressure - it does NOT increase
the air pressure even if the patient NEEDS more air pressure. So you do NOT really
want a CPAP !! you want an APAP (Automatic positive airway pressure) !!
Different vendors have different names for APAP machines, for example,
You want the CPAP to automatically adjust the amount of air pressure to fit your
current needs (called an APAP. For example, if you get a cold, you may need a higher
air pressure to force air into your lungs - if you buy the cheaper (non automatically
adjusting) machines, you could (MY OPINION) die because you are not getting enough
air pressure to force air into your lungs.
Do not let anyone prescribe a CPAP machine for you, IT MUST BE AN APAP
device (a personal opinion, that I believe no sane person would dispute
[another opinion]). - some vendors call their APAPs "automatic CPAPs".
Wake up to Sleep - ResMed's Sleep Apnea Community
HUMIDIFIERs - Get one for your APAP/CPAPYou should get an APAP machine with a Humidifier (built-in). Most APAP/CPAP
machines have (possibly as an option) a humidifier. The humidifier prevents the
APAP/CPAP from drying out your throat and nose, preventing sore throats and possible
bloody noses due to the increased air flow.
I have read that dry teeth are more susceptable to DECAY.
can increase your chance of developing dental decay and other infections in the mouth
Humidifiers are adjustable (amount of moisture injected) and can even be turned off.
RESOURCES - OTHERSM series Respironic CPAP - Philips Respironics (ResMed)
Wake up to Sleep - ResMed's Sleep Apnea Community
Sleep Apnea, What Is
Sleep apnea - Wikipedia
Sleep apnea - MayoClinic.com
Sleep Apnea - symptoms, causes, and treatment of
Sleep Apnea Basics
The most common kind of sleep apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Sleep Apnea: MedlinePlus
Sleep Apnea -- familydoctor.org
Sleep Apnea: Symptoms, Treatment, Causes, and Cures
APAP - Automatic CPAPCPAP = continuous positive airway pressure (machine). CPAPs are used by patients for the treatment
of sleep apnea - the patient wears a mask connected to the CPAP, while asleep. The CPAP pushes room
air, under pressure, to the patient.
These days, I feel that NO ONE should use a CPAP, they should all use an Automatic CPAP (an APAP,
although different vendors call them by different names,for example, Auto-CPAP.
The difference is that an APAP can automatically adjust the amount of air pressure to suit the
user's current needs. For example, a patient with a bad cold might require a higher air pressure
than he/she usually requires.
It might be important for you to have an APAP that can compensate the difference in air pressure
at different altitiudes.
Most of "us" use and prefer the REMstar Auto M-series A-FLEX "CPAP machine"
by Philips RESPIRONICS. Note that the REMstar auto-series is really an APAP, not a CPAP.
APAPs automatically detemine how much air pressure you need at any
given moment, and adjusts itself to that pressure. So if you have
a bad cold, perhaps, and need more pressure than usual, it adjusts.
CPAPs do not adjust (unless they are called auto CPAPs).
I have it with the removable Humidifier.
Mine actually runs on DC, but uses a wall plug (120-250 VAC) to
supply the power.
The advantage of an APAP/CPAP system that runs on DC voltage, is
that you can usually get an adapter ro run them off your Car Battery
(cigarette / accessory outlet) or a portable battery.
REMstar Auto M Series with C-Flex or A-Flex bt Philips RESPIRONICS
REMstar Auto A-Flex - CPAP specifications guide - Respironics
TRAVEL CPAP (APAP) - MY CHOICE is:
The Devilbiss IntelliPAP AutoAdjust Travel CPAP Machine
I also feel (opinion) that it is great for use during a power failureNOTE THAT AIRLINES ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO ALLOW YOUR CPAP AS
A CARRY-ON, BUT YOU MAY HAVE TO "FIGHT" FOR THAT RIGHT (I did).
The Devilbiss IntelliPAP AutoAdjust Travel CPAP Machine is already set up
to run off batteries, if so desired, and it will automatically switch (failover)
from the wall AC power to an (optional) battery upon power failure, and
even switch back to the plug-in AC power if it comes back on.
I packed my CPAP in a bag all by itself, included my extension cord
and outlet shape adapters and attached a label to this bag declaring
it to be MEDICAL EQUIPMENT - this worked, athough I did have to insist
with a few flight attendents who wanted to check my CPAP (on the plane).
I bought my MEDICAL EQUIPMENT luggage tag from CPAP.COM:
CPAP.com Medical Identification Luggage Tag for CPAP Equipment - Item # CPAP-TAG-01
I do NOT know if CPAP.com is the best place to shop - they did a good job for me.
TEST YOUR EQUPMENT BEFORE YOUR TAVEL ANYWHERE.
ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ANY NEEDED OUTLET SHAPE ADAPTERS
I LOVE THE adaptelec.com ADAPTERS, EVERY (normal) PLUG USED IN THE WORLD,
EXCEPT THE LARGE TYPE "M" WILL PLUG INTO EVERY ONE OF THEIR ADAPTERS.
I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ERRORS OF ANY KIND - CHECK IT OUT YOURSELF.
If you are doing safaris in Southern Africa (Botswana, Kenya, South Africa,
Zimbabwe) you MUST have the OLD, LARGE, British TYPE "M" ADAPTER.
This was the only outlet type available to us for 20 days, in 3 countries. There was ONE
lodge that had a type G outlet.
I and all my party had asked numerous places and they all said all we needed
was type "G" and perhaps a Euopean adapter - WRONG. I checked further
and it may have saved my life (CPAP).
My research about electric adapters for Kenya, Botswana, Soputh Africa & Zimbabwe,... is HERE
My research about other outlet adapters is HERE
All CPAPs are supposed to be dual-voltage (110-120 VAC and 220-250 VAC).
Ensure that yours will run on the voltages that will be supplied.
If you booked through a tour company, ask THEM to confirm that you will have electricity
24/7 (if you do not have a battery powered CPAP). Our tour operators came back in 48
hours and confirmed that all but one of our lodges had 24/7, or get set some rooms for
24/7 electricity. The lodge that did not normally supply AC at night, said they would
run the generator for me and supply an electrical hookup.
TAKE A LONG EXTENSION CORD - I take 25 feet, and I needed that length in several places.
Personally, if you do not have battery backup for your CPAP, I would NOT go.
You do want to stress when you check in, that you require the electricity,
all night, otherwise you may be DEAD in the morning (this seems to motivate
them more, and could be true). Even then, some hotel staff tried to give the 24/7
electric room to others in my party.
If you are traveling with a group, CHECK IN FIRST (before they do - it's easier
than trying to fix the wrong room problem later). Verify that you will have
electricity all night long.
(Smart) BATTERY / AC OPERATED APAP/CPAPIn MY RESEARCH, on July 7, 2010, I found what I (an opinion) believe to be the BEST APAP for
TRAVEL. It can be setup (with the right type of optional, rechargeable batteries), to provide power
even when the normal AC electricity fails (or is shut off at night, as happens in some remote areas of
the world. It will go back to using the wall outlet if power is restored.
I used it on African Photo Safaris when I did not have AC power source.
This Devilbiss IntelliPAP AutoAdjust Travel CPAP Machine is smart enough to use the Battery ONLY
when there is no 120/250 VAC wall voltage available (if there is a power outage). If the power comes
back on, this APAP will stop using the battery and switch back to the wall voltage. It could also run
off of your vehicle's battery, BUT ENSURE THAT YOUR BATTERY CAN SUPPLY THE
NEEDED CURRENT WITHOUT BEING DRAINED.
You have to do your own research to determine how long a partiular, fully-charged, recharchable
battery/batteries can support YOUR APAP machine at the air pressure level that you usually require
(allow some reserve). Your battery may not be fully charged.
I have chosen the Devilbiss IntelliPAP AutoAdjust Travel CPAP Machine (really an APAP) for
myself. I used it with two rechargable batteries. It can run on the AC, and switch over to DC
(if you have also plugged in a DC source). It will even switch back to AC, if it comes back on.
The Devilbiss IntelliPAP AutoAdjust Travel CPAP Machine worked very well for me,
during our 30 days in Africa.
Unfortunately, I have not found what I consider an ideal rechargable lithium-ion battery back. I am
going to use these lithium-ion battery packs from CPAP.COM - in my opinion, the manufacturer did
not do a good job of planning. These batteries can EITHER be CHARGING or RUNNNING
your APAP machine, but NOT BOTH, AT ONCE - so CPAP.com told me (and it is TRUE).
I did use the batteries (see above) and while one of the two that I received was NO
GOOD (would not hold a charge), they did work very well for me. They are not light,
but are MUCH lighter than lead-acid batteries.
My calculations show me that a single battery of this type (see above) could power
my APAP machine through an entire 7 hour night of use FOR ME. You may not get as
many hours on the same batteries - do your own research.
Therefore, I will have one battery plugged into my IntelliPAP to act as a battery
backup, while the other battery is plugged into the AC electricity and is charging.
the Devilbiss IntelliPAP AutoAdjust Travel CPAP Machine
IntelliPAP AutoAdjust Travel CPAP Machine - CPAP.com
Customize your IntelliPAP - CPAP.COM
IntelliPAP AutoAdjust Travel CPAP Machine - $435 (7/7/2010) - I had my doctor write
me a note, saying I needed the travel CPAP to survive the trip. Insurance company paid
about 20% of the entire portable CPAP and supplies expense (I already had a home CPAP).
This product comes with:
* IntelliPAP APAP Machine
* Carrying Case
* 6 Foot Hose
* 8 Foot Power Cord
* Reusable Foam Filter
* Disposable Fine Filter
* Patient Manual
* Clinical Quick Set-Up Guide
*** NEEDS ONE 12 VOLT DC POWER CABLE FOR THE BATTERY PACK
IntelliPAP Integrated Heated Humidifier ($29.95) Buy Now & Save $120.00
SmartLink Software with Module, Cable, Data Card and Card Reader for DeVilbiss
IntelliPAP Machines ($125.00) Buy Now & Save $24.95
Additional Disposable White Fine Filters (6 pack) + Included White Fine Filter ($13.99)
# Bacteria Filter (1 Pack) ($6.95)
# Bacteria Filter (5 Pack) ($22.90) <<<
# Bacteria Filter (10 Pack) ($39.95)
# 6ft CPAP Tubing (Included)
# Additional 6ft CPAP Tube + Included 6ft CPAP tube ($9.99)
# Additional Respiroinics 6ft Performance Tubing + Included 6ft CPAP tube ($14.95)
# Additional 8ft CPAP Tubing + Included 6ft CPAP tube ($10.99)
# Additional 10ft CPAP Tubing + Included 6ft CPAP tube ($11.99)
Blue Snuggle Hose (6ft hose) ($14.95) - PREVENTs rain-out <<<
*** NEEDS ONE 12 VOLT DC POWER CABLE FOR THE BATTERY PACK
SUMMARY OF MY TRAVEL SLEEP APNEA KIT
Prices from CPAP.com on 7/21/20101] Devilbiss IntelliPAP AutoAdjust Travel CPAP Machine = $ 269
2] IntelliPAP Integrated Heated Humidifier ($29.95) Buy Now & Save $120.00 - $ 29.95
3] Two rechargable battery Packs withOUT DC cords
ARE THESE DUAL VOLTAGE - YES, DUAL VOLTAGE.
4] 12 VDC cord to connect battery to CPAP - ???
5] Disposable FINE filter - 6 pack - $ 13.99
6] Bacteria filter - 5 pack - $ 22.90
TOTAL COST (excluding tax, shipping) =
NO SmartLink Software with Module, Cable, Data Card and Card Reader for
DeVilbiss IntelliPAP Machines ($125.00) Buy Now & Save $24.95.
I did NOT get this.
CPAP BATTERIES for power backup or CampingCPAP.com Battery Kit for IntelliPAP Machines ($217.04) Buy Now & Save $62.95 - HAS NO DC CABLE
See also Battery Operated
DISTILLED WATER for CPAP - Getting / Using (or not)
humidifiers need pure (distilled) waterThoughts on using, getting distilled water for your CPAP, and other CPAP subjects
Phuket Forum: Distilled Water for CPAP Machine and other CPAP subjects
See also: HUMIDIFIERS.
ELECTRICAL ADAPTERS for TRAVELELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS / Plug Types / Voltage
ELECTICAL ADAPTERS - Convert Foreign Outlet Shapes
THESE PLACES SELL SLEEP APNEA/CPAP/APAP DEVICES and other Services www.ACTIVEHEALTHCARE.com
I have used the one at: 9104 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615
THEY CAN NOT ACCEPT MEDICARE - (Medicare only uses certain companies)
Apria Healthcare offers a wide range of clinical services and equipment
I have not used them.
CPAP.com - has EVERYTHING - check prices
I bought my wall AND battery operated DevilBiss (for African Safaris )here.
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