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    ICON Auto CPAP Machine with Built-In Heated Humidifier and ThermoSmart Heated Hose

    ICON Auto CPAP Machine with Built-In Heated Humidifier and ThermoSmart Heated Hose

    ICON Auto CPAP Machine with Built-In Heated Humidifier and ThermoSmart Heated Hose by Fisher and Paykel takes features from the SleepStyle line of CPAP machines and combined them to enhance patient comfort and provide a personalized treatment system. ThermoSmart Technology makes Fisher & Paykel a leader in humidification.

    NOTE: The Heated Hose is included in the price of this machine.

    Manufactured by Fisher & Paykel.

    13% of AutoCPAP Machine product buyers choose this product.

    ICON Auto CPAP Machine with Built-In Heated Humidifier and ThermoSmart Heated Hose by Fisher and Paykel takes features from the SleepStyle line of CPAP machines and combined them to enhance patient comfort and provide a personalized treatment system. ThermoSmart Technology makes Fisher & Paykel a leader in humidification.

    NOTE: The Heated Hose is included in the price of this machine.

    Product Features

    ICON Auto CPAP Machine with Built-In Heated Humidifier and ThermoSmart Heated Hose is an improvement over Fisher & Paykels SleepStyle 200 Auto Series of machines. The ICON Auto incorporates both SensAwake pressure relief and and ThermoSmart humidification in a streamlined body. The built-in heated humidifier and heated hose delivers condensation-free humidification at the touch of a button. The ICON Auto is ideal for home or travel and comes with an alarm clock and music playing ability.

    Features

    • Auto Algorithm
    • SensAwake Pressure Relief Technology
    • ThermoSmart Heated Hose
    • SmartDial - Sleep Data & Functions
    • Alarm Clock & AlarmTunes
    • Ramp Feature
    • Auto Altitude Adjustment
    • Travel Size

    Auto Algorithm

    The ICON Auto is designed to deliver on-demand pressure. As sleeping habits can vary daily, the ICON Auto uses a flow-based auto-adjusting algorithm to continually check for flow limitations, apneas, and hypopneas on a breath-by-breath basis. When an event occurs, the Auto algorithm begins to increase pressure until the obstruction clears or the maximum pressure setting is reached. Fisher and Paykel has a benchmark comparison of the ICON Auto and other auto-adjusting CPAP machines on the market.

    Auto-Adjusting CPAP Evaluation on the Bench

    SensAwake Technology

    SensAwake is a pressure relief technology that addresses user intolerance for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy. Comfort is critical during an awakened state, particularly for new users who have difficulty returning back to sleep when CPAP pressures are high. SensAwake monitors CPAP airflow and reduces pressure levels when respiration becomes irregular. Irregular breathing is a general marker that a user is transitioning from a sleep state to an awakened state. This personalized treatment prevents users from awakening and ultimately improves therapy effectiveness.

    Irregular Respiration as a Marker of Wakefulness

    Please note: SensAwake will only be available for the Icon Auto in CPAP mode for versions lower than 2.0. If your Icon Auto is a version 2.0 or higher the SensAwake will be available in APAP or CPAP mode. To determine which version you have, you will need to be in the Clinical Menu of the machine, select the "wrench" icon and move the dial one over to the right. The version of your Icon Auto will then appear.

    ThermoSmart Humidification & Heated Hose

    Under normal circumstances the air you breathe is naturally heated as it travels through your nasal passages. CPAP therapy works against this natural humidification. CPAP airflow drys the nasal passages and can lead to congestion and mouth breathing. Typical heated CPAP humidification helps re-saturate therapy air, but effectiveness is restricted by ambient temperatures. As the room cools, most humidifiers cannot keep relative humidity levels at the mask, usually resulting in condensation forming in the CPAP hose. ThermoSmart Technology delivers custom levels of high humidity that are maintained throughout the night, regardless of ambient temperature. The ICON uses sensors that track ambient room temperature to reduce condensation.

    To maximize the ICON's capabilities, Fisher and Paykel offer an optional heated breathing tube that works in conjunction with ThermoSmart Technology. This heated CPAP hose contains copper coils embedded in tubing and is 76.5 inches in length. These coils conduct heat and can provide a constant temperature throughout the hose. The optional ThermoSmart breathing tube virtually eliminates rain-out and condensation in a CPAP hose.

    Impact of ThermoSmart and Heated Tubing

    Comparative Study of Humidification Effectiveness

    As an added benefit, ThermoSmart can also help lower overall therapy pressures. As higher levels of humidity start to relieve swelling within your nasal passages, resistance to therapy pressures can decrease and lower levels of therapy may become effective.

    Effects of Humidification on Titration Pressures

    Alarm Clock & AlarmTunes

    The compact design and clock functionality makes the Fisher and Paykel ICON an ideal substitute for the bedside night stand. The ICON incorporates a single SmartDial that uses a "Press-Turn-Press" principle. Turn the dial to access efficacy data from the display or set the built-in alarm clock and music playing ability with the AlarmTunes function.

    Ramp Feature

    A ramp is a feature that starts the air flow at a pressure lower than the prescribed pressure, giving the user time to fall asleep comfortably. The Icon Auto ramp can be activated for a 20 minute period by pushing in and holding the SmartDial button for 3 seconds when the machine is blowing air. The ramp pressure will start at 4 cmwp or 1/3 of the prescribed pressure, whichever one is greater. PLEASE NOTE: The length of the ramp and the starting pressure of the ramp cannot be changed.

    SmartDial: Sleep Data & User Functions

    Responding to feedback Fisher & Paykel has made access to user information and data easier. The default menu for the Icon is the Simple Mode which can be reached by pressing the SmartDial on the front of the machine. Here are a few of the features available through the SmartDial:

    • Ramp: With machine air flowing, press and hold for 3 seconds to turn on ramp.
    • Humidity: Turn smart dial to select desired humidity and press again to select the level.
    • Sleep Data: Press and hold for 7 seconds, turning the dial to move through compliance information.


    Return On Warranty Issues Only

    Specifications

    This Product Includes...

    • ICON Auto CPAP Machine
    • Water Chamber
    • ThermoSmart Heated Hose
    • 2 Disposable Filters
    • Manuals
    • Soft Carrying Case
    • Power Cord
    • SmartStick Card

    Product Specifications

    Pressure Range 4-20 cm H2O (.5 increments)

    Dimensions: 6.3 x 6.7 x 8.7 in (160 x 170 x 220 mm)

    Weight: 4.8 lb (2.2 kg) Packed Weight: 8.7 lb (4.0 kg)

    Performance Pressure Range: 4 to 20 cmH2O

    Noise Level: < 29 dBA

    Water Chamber Volume: 420 mL

    Power Input: 100 - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz

    Ambient Temperature: 41 to 95 °F (5 to 35 °C)

    Humidity: 5 to 95% Relative Humidity

    Altitude:Automatically adjusts 0 to 9,000 ft (0 to 3,000 m)

    Optional Heated Hose Length : 76.5 inches

    Device Memory: 365 Sessions of summary data and 400 hours of detailed efficacy data

    Unless instructed otherwise, CPAP.com will leave the Icon Auto at the default settings of:

    • Pressure Range: 4-18 cm H2O
    • Menu Style: 1 (Simple Mode)
    • SensAwake: On

    CPAP.com always offers these services:

    • 8 am to 10 pm CST Toll Free Phone and Email Support
    • 24 hour access to our CPAPtalk.com Support Forum
    • Learning Center for information on sleep apnea and cpap equipment
    • Consumer Purchasing Trends Reports
    • Warranty Services for all items purchased through CPAP.com
    • Insurance Compliant Invoices
    • Free Prescription Request System

    Important Tips

    Icon Ramp Function

    The ramp feature on the Icon Auto is a set length of time, 20 minutes. It cannot be adjusted by the user. The starting pressure of the Icon Auto is set by the machine based on the prescribed pressure. It will start at either 4 cmwp or at 1/3 of the prescribed pressure. The machine will use the larger of those two numbers.

    For instance, if a machine pressure is set to 9 cmwp the ramp would start at 4 cmwp since 1/3 of 9 is 3 and 4 cmwp is the minimum setting. As another example, if a the prescribed pressure of a machine is 18 cmwp would start at 1/3 of 18 or 6 cmwp because 6 is greater than 4.

    Using the ramp is an optional feature and not required. To start the ramp process once the machine is blowing air, press and hold the SmartDial for 3 seconds to start the ramp process.

    Product Update

    As of February 2014, the ThermoSmart Heated Hose is included with the Icon Auto CPAP Machine.

    Fisher & Paykel updated the Icon line of machines in 2013. The color of the machines changed from light gray to dark gray but the size and shape of the machine is unchanged.

    Machine Menu Note

    The default menu setting on the Icon machines is "Simple Mode". This is a simplified menu for easier use. When the machine is in this mode and turned on, all other menu options will be hidden and the only visible setting will be the heated humidifier humidity which can be adjusted by turning the dial.

    To take the units out of this mode, follow these steps:

    1. Hold down the middle button an turn the dial clockwise until a menu appears. The menu will look like dots around the right side of the display. Once that menu appears, the button and dial can be released.
    2. Without pressing the button, turn the dial to the 3 o'clock position. At this point the screen will read "MENU" and have a number "1" displayed in the middle.
    3. Press the button and release, which will make the number "1" blink.
    4. Turn the dial to adjust this from "1" to "2".
    5. Press and release the button again to save this change.
    6. Turn the dial back to the 12 o'clock position then press and release the button to exit this menu.
    7. Once changed, turning the dial will allow you to scroll through the menu options and view them easily.

    ThermoSmart Heated Hose Cleaning: Wash the heated hose using a mild soap and warm water. Rinse well with clean water and allow to air dry out of direct sunlight. The thermosmart hose may be submerged while cleaning, however it must be allowed to completely air dry before reconnecting to the CPAP machine.

    Icon Machine and Humidifier Cleaning: Disconnect the machine from the power outlet prior to cleaning.

    • Daily Cleaning:

      1. Remove the long tube from the machine.
      2. Wash the tube in warm soapy water. Rinse in clear running water and hang to dry.
      3. Remove the chamber lid and remove the chamber, discard any remaining water.
      4. DO NOT remove the rubber seal from the chamber.
      5. The chamber may be washed in a dishwasher or hand washed with mild detergent, rinsed and dried.

    • Weekly Cleaning - In addition to the steps above:

      1. Remove the chamber, elbow and outlet seal.
      2. Fill the chamber with a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water and allow to soak for 10 minutes.
      3. Rinse the chamber well and dry, or wash the chamber in the dishwasher.
      4. Disconnect the elbow from the machine by grasping the elbow and pulling out from the machine.
      5. Remove the outlet seal by pushing it into the machine through the opening created once the elbow is removed.
      6. Wash the elbow and seal in mild detergent using warm water. Rinse well and dry.
      7. Reinstall the outlet seal, then snap the elbow onto the back of the machine.
      8. Replace the chamber and lid.

    Heating Plate Note

    The heating plate of the Icon Auto may feel warm after the machine has been turned off. This may be residual heat resulting from the humidifier being very well insulated. Adding to this warmth, the power supply for the machine is directly under the heating plate, and even while in standby mode it can generate enough power to cause warmth when touched.

    SmartStick Note

    If the Smartstick for the ICON Auto will not lock into place, try removing the stick completely and reinserting which should allow the stick to re-lock into the machine. The SmartStick works in conjunction with software available only to doctors and sleep clinics.

    Please Note: If using the InfoSmart software, an error message may appear stating that personal info does not match. Please contact your physician for support to have your information added and updated in the software if this error occurs.

    Data Reporting and Sleep Sessions

    The sleep session period for data reporting on the Fisher & Paykel Icon line of machines runs from noon one day to noon the next day. The time set on the machine determines "Noon". As an example, the sleep data related to a use session running from 11 PM at night to 7 AM the next morning will display after noon that day. Likewise, if the machine were used during an afternoon nap from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM today, the data would display after noon the next day.

    Compatibility with Breeze Masks

    The Breeze masks feature a connection that can sometimes easily slip out of the end of a hard cuffed hose, such as the ThermoSmart Heated Hose which is included with the ICON machines. To make this connection snug and prevent the mask connection slipping out, the addition of the FlexiTube Angle Adapter is necessary. Please add this item to your cart when ordering if you are purchasing or currently use a Breeze mask and plan to use it with a hard cuffed hose such as the ThermoSmart Heated Hose.

    Manufacturer Warranty
    This machine comes with a 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty. CPAP.com will work with the manufacturer on your behalf if the machine needs repairs. Please follow these steps:

    • Contact us at cpap@cpap.com or 1-800-356-5221 to receive an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) Number before returning the equipment
    • Include a note with the machine describing the issue you are experiencing, along with your full contact information to include a return shipping address and the RMA number provided to you
    • Ship only the defective items to CPAP.com at 10101 Stafford Centre Drive, Stafford, TX 77477
    • Do not return accessory items such as the carry bag, hose or power cords
    • Loaner Machines are available for rental during the warranty process
    • Email updates will be sent to keep you informed as the machine moves through the warranty process
    • CPAP.com will contact the manufacturer on your behalf and handle all shipping between us and the manufacturer
    • The repaired or replaced unit will be returned to you. Shipping charges may apply.

    Please note: The manufacturer warranty is voided by water damage or misuse of the machine.



    CPAP Power Options

    Universal Power

    The ICON Auto CPAP machine operates automatically between 110v and 240v AC. When traveling either inside or outside the USA, there are no switches to switch or fuses to change. The machine will automatically sense what voltage is needed and set itself to run on that power.

    The user will need to adapt the plug that goes into the wall to fit the style of outlet socket that is being used. This is simply done with a Power Adapter Plug kit. This is the same type of plug adapter that would be used with a hair dryer or an electric shaver. World Traveler Power Adapter Plugs.

    C-100 Travel Battery Pack for CPAP Machines with 150W Modified Sine Wave Inverter

    Weighing in at only 1.16 pounds the C-100 Battery is a terrific option for travel. Plus, this C-100 pack comes with an inverter needed to connect a machine that must receive AC power, so no need to purchase a separate inverter. This lithium ion battery meets UN Manual Test and Criteria requirements for travel. The C-100 Pack includes many accessories and a handy carry case designed to allow the the cords to be attached with the battery inside the case.

    Respironics Battery Kit with 400 Watt DC to AC Power Inverter.

    This battery kit comes with an external 400 Watt DC to AC power inverter for CPAP and BiPAP machines. The kit provides AC power for machines that do not come with a DC input. Use your machine's AC cord to connect to the power inverter. The Respironics portable battery pack is an external lead acid battery that is the ultimate in power, portability and convenience. This battery kit comes with the Respironics battery and the 400 Watt DC to AC Power Inverter.

    CPAP Video & FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is CPAP therapy?
    CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP therapy is the most commonly recommended, and the most effective, treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

    A CPAP machine provides air at a constant prescribed pressure. The air is delivered to the person through a tube and a CPAP mask. CPAP therapy provides a constant airflow which keeps the airway open so uninterrupted breathing is maintained during sleep. The air stream eliminates Sleep Apnea events and allows the person to get a restful sleep.

    The level of air pressure required to maintain your airway is determined during your sleep study. Your doctor will write a prescription for a CPAP machine set at that pressure.

    CPAP therapy is delivered through a nasal mask that seals around the nose or nasal pillows which seal at the nasal opening. Full face masks are available for a person who breathes through both the nose and mouth. Many innovative and comfortable options are available and advances in the delivery of CPAP therapy are continually occurring.

    For instance: Some machines offer a comfort feature such as FLEX or EPR technology. It provides exhalation relief, a slight drop in pressure at the time of exhalation to help make therapy more natural. APAP, BiPAP and BiLevel machines offer various levels of pressure throughout the night.
    How can I compare different machines?
    We work very hard to provide many different ways for our customers to compare products. Here are the machine product guides we have created and maintain:
    • CPAP Machine Comparison Guide. This guide stacks up every CPAP machine we sell, feature by feature. If you don't know the meaning of a feature, click the question mark for a definition. The links below will take you to the most popular CPAPs, or all CPAP machines we sell.

      Compare Most Popular CPAP Machines

      Compare All CPAP Machines

    • Auto Adjusting Machine (APAP) Comparison Guide. This guide stacks up every APAP machine we sell, feature by feature. If you don't know the meaning of a feature, click the question mark for a definition. The links below will take you to the most popular APAPs, or all APAP machines we sell.

      Compare Most Popular APAP Machines

      Compare All APAP Machines

    • BiPAP, VPAP and BiLevel Comparison Guide. This guide stacks up every BiPAP machine we sell, feature by feature. If you don't know the meaning of a feature, click the question mark for a definition. The links below will take you to the most popular BiPAPs, or all BiPAP machines we sell.

      Compare Most Popular BiPAP Machines

      Compare All BiPAP Machines
    How do I choose the machine that is right for me?
    We provide our customers with many tools to make informed decisions about their machine purchases. Options include:
    • Calling a CPAP Expert Toll Free. 1-800-356-5221.

    • Comparison Charts. These charts compare available machines, feature by feature. If you don't know the meaning of a feature, click on the question mark for a definition. Click on the image or name of the product for more detailed product information, pictures and resources.

      CPAP Comparison Chart

      APAP Comparison Chart

      BiPAP Comparison Chart

    • Help Me Choose Guide. We created a guide to help you select the right machine according to your preferences. The guide asks you a series of questions regarding your preferences and your prescription. Based on your answers we provide you with a comparison chart of the machine that meet your criteria. Get started here:

      Help Me Choose - Machine

    • Browse Our Machine Product Categories. These categories show each machine our company offers, ranked by popularity. Popularity is determined by a mix of sales data and our in house opinion of the quality of the machine based on our experience and customer feedback. The best products float to the top of our categories.

      CPAP Machine Category

      APAP (Auto Adjusting) Machine Category

      BiPAP (Two Pressure) Machine Category
    What comes with my machine?
    Machines come with a six foot hose, power cord, at least one filter, and manuals. Most manufacturers include a carrying case which is designed specifically for their equipment. CPAP / BiPAP / APAP machines do not come with a delivery system or mask. CPAP Masks must be purchased separately.

    To see the list of what specifically comes with each machine, you can browse for a machine. Then on the product page, click the "Specs" tab to see a full list of what comes with the machine.

    What type of power does my CPAP need?
    Most CPAP and BiLevel machines today are designed to operate on both AC and DC battery currents. In the United States, the AC current from a wall outlet is 110 volts. Overseas, the AC current is usually 220 or 240 volt. Most batteries produce 12 volt DC current.

    We include information about the power needs and capacities on the CPAP.com pages our products. Please see the "Power" tab on any machine product page for this information. You can also see a summary of the voltage range and whether it is DC capable on our Compare Charts.

    Here is a video explaining differences in power cords and power supplies of various CPAP machines:

    What maintenance is required on machines?
    The only care a CPAP or BiPAP machine requires is to clean or change the filters at the air intake. This keeps the internal parts from accumulating dust. Fine paper filters should be changed out every 30 days, or when they appear soiled. Foam washable filters should be rinsed with clear running water once a week, allowed to air dry, and reinserted.

    There are some other suggested actions to care for your machine:
    • Keep the area around your machine clean by removing any dust from the area to improve the air quality delivered to your machine and you.
    • Keep the air intake of the machine unblocked. Curtains, bedding, and papers can easily block the air intake of your machine, reducing the airflow.
    • If a humidifier is used with your therapy, do not pick up the machine with the humidifier attached. With most machines it is easy to spill water from the humidifier chamber into the machine causing damage. Manufacturer warranties are voided by water damage to the machine. To avoid this, remove the chamber from the humidifier and then remove the humidifier from the machine rather than transporting them together.
    • If a humidifier is used you should empty the water from the chamber every morning. Accidents happen. If a family pet or family member moves the machine and humidifier with water in the chamber it is more likely that water could be spilled into your machine. Water damage to a machine voids the manufacturer warranty.
    What is humidification?
    Humidification adds moisture to the CPAP air, reducing irritation to the nasal passages caused by the increased airflow.

    CPAP air is an irritant - to one degree or another - to everyone. In some cases the irritation dries out the nasal passages and may cause bleeding. It may also cause swelling, excess mucous, congestion or sneezing. The irritation may create a very fertile ground for infections to begin. The irritation may be cumulative, building up over time. The only way to reduce the irritation is to add moisture.

    Humidification is therefore a critical part of CPAP Therapy.

    Are prescriptions required for mask, machine and/or humidifier purchases?
    Yes. Federal law requires we have a valid prescription on file before we ship your mask, machine and/or humidifier.

    We provide many easy ways to get your prescription:
    • We can request your prescription for you! When you checkout, just let us know you would like us to request your prescription, or you can log into your account to have us request your prescription.
    • Fax your prescription to our Toll Free fax number: 1-866-353-2727, or our international fax number: 713-541-7370
    • Email your prescription to cpap@cpap.com
    • Upload your prescription in your account, under the prescriptions section
    For more information on prescriptions, please see our Prescription Section of the Learning Center.
    Which CPAP masks work on which machines?
    All CPAP masks work with all machines.
    Fisher & Paykel CPAP Equipment Manufacturer
    Fisher & Paykel is traded on the NZSX and ASX under ticker symbol FPH.

    They pioneered heated humidification in CPAP Therapy with their HC100 Heated Humidifier and continue to lead the industry in heated humidification innovation. They are also well known for the quality of their Full Face Mask offerings.

    Fisher and Paykel
    What are the CPAP, BiPAP and Sleep Apnea related CPT or billing codes?
    • A7034 is Nasal Mask
    • A7034 is Nasal Pillow Mask
    • A7030 is Full Face Mask
    • A7027 is Hybrid Mask
    • A7044 is Oral Interface Mask (Oracle)
    • A7035 is Headgear for Mask - Any Style
    • A7036 is Chinstrap - Any Style
    • A7032 is Replacement Nasal Mask Cushion
    • A7033 is Replacement Nasal pillows
    • A7031 is Replacement Full Face Mask Cushion
    • A7028 is Replacement Hybrid Mask Cushion
    • A7029 is Replacement Hybrid Mask Nasal Pillow
    • A7046 is Replacement Humidifier Chamber
    • A7037 is Tubing / Hose - Long & Short Tubes
    • A4604 is Heated Tubing
    • A7038 is Disposable Filter (White / Paper)
    • A7039 is Washable Filter (Gross Particle / Foam/ Black)
    • E0601 NU is CPAP Purchase
    • E0601 NU is APAP Purchase
    • E0470 NU is BiPAP Purchase
    • E0470 NU is BiPAP Auto Purchase
    • E0471 NU is BiPAP ST Purchase
    • E0471 NU is BiPAP Auto SV Purchase
    • E0562 NU is Heated CPAP Humidifier
    • E0561 NU is Passover or Cool CPAP Humidifier
    • E0601 RR is CPAP Rental
    • E0601 NU is APAP Rental
    • E0470 RR is BiPAP Rental
    • E0470 RR is BiPAP Auto Rental
    • E0471 RR is BiPAP ST Rental
    • E0471 RR is BiPAP Auto SV Rental

    E1399 is Miscellaneous and is used for other CPAP items.
    Do all CPAPs use filters?
    Yes, all CPAPs use at least one filter that is usually a type of foam material and washable. Some CPAPs offer finer filtration with the addition of a disposable paper filter.

    Cleaning and changing filters is the only maintenance required for a CPAP machine.

    The filters are located at the back of the machine at the air intake. The image below shows the black foam filter at the back of the Everest 3 CPAP Machine.

    What is an APAP Machine?
    An APAP (Automatic Positive Airway Pressure) machine automatically adjusts on a breath by breath basis to blow the minimum pressure needed to keep your airway open during sleep. This allows your machine to provide you with your ideal pressure nightly.

    APAPs tend to be more advanced than CPAPs in that they normally offer more therapy tracking information and more comfort features. You can learn more about therapy tracking information in our Software section of the Learning Center.

    Every APAP machine can be placed in a CPAP mode to blow one straight pressure like a CPAP. However, no CPAP can automatically adjust pressure like an APAP. An example of an APAP machine is the DeVilbiss IntelliPAP AutoAdjust that comes with built in Smart Code therapy tracking software.
    IntelliPAP AutoAdjust CPAP Machine
    Why might I prefer an APAP machine?
    Some CPAP users find it more pleasant to breathe with an APAP than with CPAP. The pressure delivered by an APAP machine automatically changes as needed to deliver the minimal pressure required to maintain the airway. The pressure delivered by a CPAP machine is set to a single pressure, the highest necessary to keep the airway open as determined during the sleep study. This is the case even when the higher pressure is needed only a fraction of the time.
    What are data capable machines?
    Data capable machines track your therapy progress and performance over time. Therapy data can be used to spot issues and used to see how changes to your CPAP setup effects your overall treatment. You and your doctor can use the therapy information to make changes in your setup. Some changes might be altering the mask or fit or increasing or decreasing your pressure to see if your therapy performance improves to ensure you are getting effective treatment.

    The data capable machines not only let you know how many hours the machine was used, like pure compliance tracking machines, but also tracks advanced information such as AHI, Leak Rate, and Average Pressure (if using an APAP).

    Depending on the machine, the information can be reviewed or accessed
    • On Machine Screen Display. Machines that display advanced tracking using the on machine display allow for fast review of therapy metrics. Many people like to use the on screen display to check every morning. Information such as AHI and leak rate for the previous night are displayed allowing the user to make adjustments such as mask fit. The information provided on the on machine screen is usually average values over different time frames, such as 1 day (last night), 7 night, 30 nights, etc.
    • SmartCode. SmartCode is a code that is accessed through the machine's display. This code is then inputted into the machine's product page on CPAP.com and a summary report is generated. You can see a Sample Report here. An example of an on machine display with the SmartCode is shown below. The only machine with advanced data capable SmartCode is the IntelliPAP AutoAdjust. The SmartCode provides therapy data averages for the following time frames: 1 day (last night), 7 day, 30 day, 90 day, and cumulative. This is like the information provided from the on screen display, however the information is displayed in chart format instead of a single number at a time. SmartCode Display
    • Optional External Software. Some machines have external software that can be used to download the data from the machine for detailed analysis. External software, unlike the on machine display or the SmartCode, allows you and your doctor to look into any night of use. Further, the information for any given night can be broken down hour by hour. This allows you and your doctor to look for patterns in your data through the night; for instance, do you tend to have more apneas in the early morning? Or do you begin to breathe with your mouth open in the middle of the night? Some external software is available for sale to patients, other software is only sold by the manufacturer to sleep professionals. External software may require other components to be able to get the information from the machine onto you computer with the software installed.
    What are compliance tracking machines?
    Compliance tracking machines only track the numbers of hours the machine is used. These machines do not track any advanced information such as AHI or leak rate.

    Compliance machines are basic machines which the manufacturers made to be able to track usage hours. Compliance tracking machines are a manufacturer response to Medicare requirements that mandate DME (Durable Medical Equipment) providers show the Medicare patient used the equipment for the required minimum number of hours set by Medicare. DME providers cannot continue to be paid by Medicare without this information.

    There is one billing code for all CPAP and APAP machines. Therefore a DME will be paid the same from Medicare or insurance whether they provide a patient with a more expensive machine that is data capable with more comfort features or a basic compliance tracking machine. Therefore, compliance tracking machines are the most common type of machine that is provided to patients through local DMEs.

    There is software created to show the compliance information from the machine, however CPAP.com does not recommend purchasing this software. This data will only tell you how many hours you actually used the machine. It will not tell you how effective your therapy is.
    What data capable machines are available?
    CPAP machines which record full data (such as AHI and leak info):


    AUTOPAP ("Autotitrating CPAP" or "APAP") machines which record full data:


    BILEVEL ("BiPAP") machines which record full data:


    CPAP Machines that only record Compliance Data (Hours Used) are:

    What is ramp?
    The ramp button on a machine is a feature that allows for a gradual pressure build-up to your prescribed pressure. The feature is enjoyed by those with high pressures because they ease up to their pressure.
    What is exhalation relief?
    Exhalation relief is a comfort feature offered by two manufactures which reduces the air flow at the time of exhalation making the breathing process more natural.
    • Respironics = C-Flex, C-Flex+, A-Flex and Bi-Flex
    • Resmed = EPR (Expiratory Pressure Relief)
    What travel tips should I know?
    CPAP therapy should be used every night. Your CPAP or BiPAP machine and equipment should go with you on trips. There are some tips to help with your travel:
    • Remove Water From The Humidifier. If you are going to take your CPAP humidifier with you, remove ALL water from the humidifier chamber. Water left in the humidifier chamber can be tipped into your machine and cause damage.
    • Accompany Your CPAP Through Security. Stay with your CPAP machine. When going through security, security agents will usually need to inspect the CPAP separately. Ask to stay with the CPAP. This way you can watch them handle the CPAP machine, and you can make sure all of your parts (cords, masks, chambers, filters) get back into the bag.
    • Plan Your Power Needs. Know what type of power your CPAP requires. If you are going to use a battery, make sure you have all the parts needed to safely run the CPAP on battery power. If you are traveling abroad make sure you have an international adapter plug. Check out the Power Solutions section of the FAQ for more information.
    • Identify Your CPAP as Medical Equipment. To help move through security easier, put a Medical Equipment tag on your CPAP bag. We offer a Medical Equipment Luggage Tag.
    • Carry a Medical Alert Card. Although this is good to have when traveling, it is also good to always carry a Medical Alert card in your wallet which lets emergency personnel know that you have obstructive sleep apnea. We offer a Medical Alert card.
    • Pack Your Power Cord. Just like people commonly leave cell phone chargers at home or in the hotel, we frequently get calls from travelers who have left their CPAP power cord. Check to make sure your cord is packed with your machine before you leave home and when heading back home.
    • Bring Spare Parts and Back Up Mask. Like the power cord, items get left behind or misplaced while on the road. Having backup parts and a back up mask will make sure that you are not caught without equipment.
    • Call Us If You Leave Something. CPAP.com delivers all over the US and to most international destinations. This includes to hotels and resorts. We also have expedited shipping options. If you are in a bind, give us a call 1-800-356-5221.
    How do I prepare for international travel with CPAP?
    To prepare for your international travel, be sure to:
    • Check the voltage of your destination. You may need a plug adapter for your machine.
    • It is recommended to pack spare parts for your equipment. CPAP.com can ship to most destinations around the world, but you may not want the additional wait and cost.
    • Review the general Travel Tip found in this section.
    Can I travel by air with my CPAP?
    Yes, you can travel by air with CPAP equipment. Sleep therapy should be used every night and your equipment should be taken along when traveling. The following information is intended as a general guideline and does not reflect any particular airline's policy. Check with your airline carrier to verify their policies regarding CPAP / BiLevel equipment.
    • Generally in the USA, a CPAP machine and mask are NOT counted as a carry-on item.
    • The CPAP carry case must meet the size restrictions set for carry-on items.
    • Only items directly related to the medical treatment are included in the exception, any other items will count towards the carry-on allowance.
    • Some airlines ask that you contact them 48 hours prior to the flight, especially if you are planning on using the machine on the flight. Before traveling, check the policy for the airline you will be using.
    • Some airlines require documentation from a doctor stating the equipment is required by the user and must be kept with the user during travel.
    • In some cases, an on-board electrical outlet may be available. If you plan to use the equipment during the flight, a battery backup should be carried in the event the on-board power is interrupted.
    • Some locations in Asia and Europe may count the equipment used for Sleep Therapy as a carry on, but all airlines will allow it.

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    Air Travel: Call your airline. Each airline has a different policy on whether or not you can use your CPAP while in flight, and if they have a power source available.
    Here is a letter from the manufacturer Resmed on the topic:

    ResMed Travel Letter
    Will my CPAP operate overseas?
    An adapter may be required to plug a US power cord into a wall outlet in a foreign country. CPAP.com sells an assortment pack of World Traveler Power Adapter Plugs, which allow CPAP machines to plug into different types of wall sockets found in different countries.
    All the models CPAP.com sell contain power converters that enable the machine to operate on any AC current from 100 to 240 volts without any adjustment.
    How do I use a battery to operate my CPAP?
    First you need to determine if your machine is configured to operate on DC power and has a DC power outlet. If your machine does have a DC power outlet and you want to run your marine battery, then you will need the correct DC cable for your machine and an adapter cable that fits over the cigarette lighter plug and ends in alligator clips.

    CPAP.com sells complete battery kits with everything you need for your machine including the right cables for your machine and the battery. You can find the right battery kit for your machine here.

    If your machine does not have a DC power outlet, then you will also need an inverter to be able to run your machine on battery power.

    If you have questions about the specific power needs of your machine, review the "Power" tab on your machine's product page, or give us a call at 1-800-356-5221.
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