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CPAP Newsletter: What's New In CPAP Machines? E-Z Breathing Technology
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Have you ever had trouble breathing out against your prescribed pressure setting? Do you find yourself hitting the ramp button to decrease the pressure for a few more minutes? Do you have a high pressure setting? Would you just like to feel more comfortable with your sleep therapy? Well, luckily for you there is relief obtainable, namely something called pressure relief. These pressure relief technologies are available on certain CPAP, APAP, and BiLevel machines and can greatly enhance your comfort level by slightly decreasing the pressure as you exhale, making for a more natural feeling while breathing during your sleep therapy. Many CPAP users have found that pressure relief upon exhalation can make a big difference in their comfort level, their therapy effectiveness, and in some cases it may help with issues like aerophagia, or the swallowing of air. We will cover the various options available to you.
Respironics was the first to come up with some kind of pressure relief technology and they have continued to innovate in this area. The brains of the Flex family is based on their Digital Auto-Trak System, which is a highly sensitive algorithm that detects inhalation and exhalation. This allows the technology to respond to each person on a breath by breath basis and deliver the pressure relief at the correct moment in the breath cycle.
Each of the Respironics pressure relief options allows three user selected settings. The amount of pressure relief you receive depends on your prescribed pressure and which setting you have chosen. The pressure relief option may be turned off completely, if desired. Let's go over each of the Flex family technologies.
ResMed first introduced their Expiratory Pressure Relief (EPR) in late 2005 on select models of their S8 line of machines. In 2008 ResMed delivered the S8 II line of machines which include their new and improved EPR with Easy-Breathe Technology.
EPR with Easy-Breathe Technology
There are many machines we carry that have the aforementioned technologies. Please see our compare charts and look for the rows that say "Pressure Relief on Exhale" or "Bi-Flex" to determine which machines have one of the above pressure relief comfort options. As always, please call us at 1-800-356-5221 or contact us if you need assistance with any questions regarding your sleep therapy.
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