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Old 07-09-2011, 05:18 PM   #15
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I have to use a full face mask. I'm a mouth breather, and no way would a nasal only system work for me. I'm currently using a Mirage Quattro (CPAP.com - Mirage Quattro Full Face CPAP Mask with Headgear), but am thinking of trying a Quatro FX (CPAP.com - Mirage Quattro FX Full Face CPAP Mask with Headgear). Anyone tried that model?

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I am also a mouth breather and sleep on my back. I've tried the Quattro a couple of times and really like it but when it starts leaking - and it always does for me - that ends any hope of sleep I might have had. I use a Mirage Activa, a nasal cushion with a chin strap pulled so tight that it seems my head will blow up. I still have some leaking but not nearly as bad as the Quattro. I'm afraid I'll just have to live with it. I can sleep on my back with no problem and also on my side. I'd rather not use a mask at all but my wife isn't overly fond of the thought of waking up with me dead. She'd rather be the one causing my death rather than me taking credit for it!
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:34 PM   #16
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what is a bi-pap

hi a bi-pap is simular to a c-pap but usualy higher pressure and changes pressure betwine inhale and exhale. does eneyone know how much power a concintrator uses? i am wondering if i could boondock with just battery power i would need to run a c-pap a bi pap and concintrator. lee
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Old 07-09-2011, 06:09 PM   #17
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That seems like alot of juice being pulled from the batteries.

Maybe you could sleep in your driveway for a weekend and test it out.

Measure batteries before you go to sleep and again when you get up.

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I had lots of trouble being unable to exhale. My Bi-Pap uses 14 on inhale and 7 on exhale. When I was on CPAP, I was at 11 (after trying everything). I just couldn't do the full face mask as I tried 4 different ones. I'd rather go sit on an ant bed.
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I check it about 20 times on our trip, it reduced the voltage about .5 or .6 amps with nothing else on.
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Do any of you coal users know how to change the pressure. The health professionals would like to keep that adjustment to themselves but I feel competent enough to know if and how to change it, just not dramatically. I started at 12 but had probls with blowing the mask off my face : ). So had it reduced to 9 but I feel that is too low. But don't feel like paying a fortune for an adjusemt appointment.
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It should be in the manual that came with the unit.
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Do the machines you use have C-flex??? This feature slows/stops inhale pressure while you exhale. While in the hospital last year they set me up on a hospital cpap (huge) no c-flex and it attempted to blow me up like a balloon. Took it off couldn't use it. Talk to your Drs or the provider of the machine if it doesn't have c-flex

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My BI-PAP senses when my inhale is over and immediately drops the pressure down to the lower level for the exhale. My lungs can easily overcome the lower pressure of the BI-PAP.
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Better explanation of C-flex.

http://cflex.respironics.com/PDF/101...parStudies.pdf

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Do any of you coal users know how to change the pressure. The health professionals would like to keep that adjustment to themselves but I feel competent enough to know if and how to change it, just not dramatically. I started at 12 but had probls with blowing the mask off my face : ). So had it reduced to 9 but I feel that is too low. But don't feel like paying a fortune for an adjusemt appointment.

Try this website:
Change CPAP Pressure Settings - Adjusting your machine with a Clinician Setup Manual
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That's a neat idea. Looks like a variable speed on the exhale on a BI-PAP.
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Quietwater, thanks, that was what I needed.
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It should be in the manual that came with the unit.
Nope. I've had two different machines by different manufacturers. Neither has that adjustment in the manual. It requires entering a special programming mode. It's done that way because the pressure is part of the CPAP prescription, and isn't supposed to be modified without a change in prescription.

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