• By Clay Rollyson
  • /
  • /
 

What is Heated Tubing for CPAP?

Heated Tubing for CPAP machines in a fairly common addition to CPAP Therapy. Heated Tubes are designed to keep a stable temperature and humidity level from the outlet of the CPAP to your airway. It does this using heated coils that are powered by a connection to the CPAP machine. In most cases the Heated Tube will connect to the CPAP via a small electric plug. You can adjust the temperature of your CPAP tube to reduce condensation and to keep the air you are breathing comfortably humidified.

Do I need Heated Tubing for my CPAP?

Whether or not to add a Heated Tube to your CPAP is usually a pretty clear choice. For most CPAP users it is important to strike a comfortable balance of humidity in the air that you are breathing. As you adjust the humidity setting up on your CPAP you may encounter rain-out or excess condensation. That is because the CPAP is adding more humidity than your rooms ambient temperature can hold. It literally rains in your tube because the air cools as it travels through the tube to your airway. To remedy this, a heated tube will keep a constant temperature the whole way through so that the rainout doesn’t happen.

Why did I receive Heated CPAP Tubing with my order?

In many cases a heated tube is a standard part of a CPAP order. That is because it allows the CPAP user to add more humidity than would normally be possible in your ambient room conditions. In many cases this will help a new CPAP user to acclimate more easily to CPAP therapy. In other cases, you may receive heated tubing because it pays more. Whether you are purchasing with cash or using insurance heated tubing costs more. So be careful. If you do not need heated tubing, then you may want to look into standard CPAP tubing in an effort to reduce long term cost of your CPAP therapy.

Can I switch to Standard CPAP Tubing from Heated Tubing?

Yes, you can. You might even save some money! The biggest question that you need to answer related to that switch is whether or not you will get enough humidity with a standard CPAP tube. The only way to know is to try. You can substitute the standard CPAP tube for your heated tube. Then adjust the humidity to your comfort and see if you have condensation issues. Much of that issue can be related to your location in the world as well as the time of year. Some areas and sometimes of the year may be drier or more humid as well as colder or warmer. Your needs can change seasonally as well as where you are located.

What are the downsides to Heated CPAP Tubing?

Heated tubing for a CPAP can be very helpful, but is it always a better option? Let’s look at the downsides.
  • Weight– Heated tubes are quite a bit heavier than standard tubing. That means that if you move around a lot in your bed, you will be pulling a considerably heavier tube with you.
  • Flexibility– Standard CPAP tubing is much thinner and in turn much more flexible. That gives you a little more freedom of movement in bed while using your CPAP.
  • Cost– Heated tubing is at least 4 times more expensive than standard tubing. For instance, standard tubing runs less than $10 per tube while heated tubing can be as much as $49. Even if you are operating through insurance the cost difference is significant. To determine the difference in insurance cost you would compare the A4604 (heated tube) procedure code to the A7037 (standard tube) procedure code.

How do I get the right Heated Tube for my CPAP?

Every CPAP that has a heated tubing option must use a specific type designed for that particular CPAP. For instance, the AirSense 10 CPAP from ResMed must use the ClimateLine Air Heated Tube. Because these tubes connect in a very particular way to the CPAP, they are not universal. With that being said, not all CPAPs have a heated tubing option. An example of that would be the AirMini Travel CPAP from ResMed. You can only use the standard non-heated tubing that is designed for the AirMini with that particular device. If you require heated tubing, you should certainly do some homework to make sure that your new CPAP has that option.

Can I use oxygen with my Heated Tube?

You can use oxygen with the heated tube. However, you will need to place your oxygen adapter at the junction of the CPAP mask and tubing instead of at the air outlet on the CPAP. You may also be able to purcahse a specific heated tube with oxygen adapter. Such as the ClimatelineAirOxy tube. Additionally, we have a great video that goes over How to Connect your CPAP to Oxygen that you can watch here. 
Continue reading...
  • By Clay Rollyson
  • /
  • /

Downloading your iBreeze CPAP Data

The iBreeze CPAP machine is extremely new to the CPAP world here in the US. Because of that, not only are customers reaching out about compliance downloads, but so are our competitors. So, we figured it would be best to put out a full tutorial to explain how to use the iBreeze Compliance system. Currently, there are two versions of the iBreeze CPAP. The first is the standard SD card version which will only allow you to upload data via the SD card. The other version has a WIFI option, and it will allow you to link your iBreeze CPAP your home WIFI. The WIFI option will automatically upload your data so that your CPAP provider or doctor can view the data remotely.

What Software do I use to download the iBreeze CPAP?

There are two ways to produce a compliance and therapy report on your iBreeze CPAP machine. The first is via the local software option. That software is called the iMatrix Compliance system. We will explain that in detail below. The next and better option is to use the cloud-based version of that software which is called ResAssist. We will go into detail on that option below as well.

iMatrix Software for the iBreeze:

The first step to using the iMatrix software is to download and install it on your computer. It is a pretty large file. So, you may need to use the Zip tool to perform the download. A link to the iMatrix software can be found in the Product Specifications section of the iBreeze CPAP listing on our site. Once you have downloaded the software to your computer, you can then open it up and get started. Once you open the software you can add yourself as a patient and enter your iBreeze CPAP serial number. Then you will be able to use the Download function to pull the data from your SD card. Once you have that information uploaded to the software you can pull compliance and therapy reports for any time frame you need.

ResAssist Cloud software for iBreeze:

The cloud-based software for the iBreeze is called ResAssist. You can access that via the website; however, you will need login credentials. Those credentials should come from your CPAP supplier. Here at CPAPmyway we give you access with a username of your patient ID number and password of CPAPmyway. Then you can change those credentials on your own after logging in. We also preemptively load your iBreeze CPAP information into the cloud so that you have immediate access for downloading your data. If you are using a WIFI enabled unit you will be able to see the data, there and can produce reports. If you are using the SD version of the iBreeze then you will be able to use the “Upload Data” function to upload your CPAP data via the SD card. When you click the Upload Data button, then you will select the SD card on your computer and the data will populate.

Creating the Compliance and Therapy Report on iBreeze software:

Producing the report is pretty simple in the software. You can simply hit the “Create Report” button on the right side of the screen. Then you will see a preview report. Next you will select the appropriate Report Date Range for your needs. Once you get the right range, just hit print. You will be able to print a nice clean PDF that will show you everything that you or your doctor need. Your Compliance Percentage will be found in the > 4 hours days section.  
Continue reading...
  • By Clay Rollyson
  • /
  • /
  Whether you call it APAP, Auto CPAP or Auto-Titrating CPAP you get the same result. For the sake of the article, we will call it Auto CPAP. Auto CPAP is a form of Positive Airway Pressure therapy. In the Auto mode the CPAP machine will adjust to the best pressure for your needs every night. This therapy is by far the most widely used at this point. Very few CPAP users are going the route of a Lab Study, Titration, and fixed pressure CPAP therapy.

Why is Auto CPAP the best Choice?

You always should consult with your doctor to determine what therapy option is best for you and your Sleep Apnea needs. With that being said almost all of the Sleep doctors that we work with are ordering Auto CPAP instead of Fixed Pressure CPAP. This is because of a few different factors:
  1. Insurance Authorizations for Sleep Studies– In many cases your insurance carrier will not authorize a Lab Sleep Study. This is where you spend the night in a lab. These are very expensive, and the Home Sleep Test options have become much more accurate and cheaper. If you do a Home Sleep Test, then you must use an Auto CPAP due to the fact that you cannot be titrated for Fixed Pressure CPAP in the lab.
  2. It actually works– Not only does Auto-CPAP allow you to titrate in your own home, but it actually will report on how well it is working. You can follow up with your doctor after using Auto CPAP for a few weeks and they will be able to tell you how well your therapy is working for you. If it isn’t then you can work with that doctor to take next steps.
  3. Things Change– Whether you have gained or lost weight, drank alcohol before bed, or started new medications, your sleep can change with time. The nice thing about Auto CPAP is that it will change with you. So, if you lose weight and need less pressure or got sloshed on Busch light and need more pressure, the Auto CPAP will make the adjustment.

How does Auto CPAP work?

All Auto CPAPs have their own proprietary algorithm that monitors your breathing and adjusts the pressure accordingly to account for Apnea. To simplify that all the way down, as you stop breathing (Apnea) the pressure increases slightly until your airways are opened. The differences between Auto models usually have to do with how quickly the unit adjusts and by how much. Some models adjust up and down slowly so that you can adjust more easily. These models are great for first time users. Other models are more aggressive and will adjust more dramatically. These models are great for Severe Sleep Apnea and those that are already accustomed to CPAP therapy. Many models allow you to select a more aggressive or less aggressive algorithm to help you find a more comfortable CPAP therapy.

What is the difference between CPAP and Auto CPAP?

CPAP is usually referring to a Fixed pressure CPAP. This means that when you turn on the CPAP it will go to one pressure and stay there at all times. That pressure is usually determined by a Sleep Lab Titration Study. Auto CPAP is a CPAP that Automatically adjusts to the best pressure for you on a nightly basis. This means that no matter what you night is like, your Auto CPAP will work to provide the most suitable pressure for your therapy needs.

What is the downside to Auto CPAP?

While there are a lot of great things to love about Auto CPAP therapy, there are downsides:
  1. It takes time– The first issue is that it takes a little time to adjust itself to your best pressure. For many long-term CPAP users this can be a big problem. If you are accustomed to a certain pressure on your old CPAP, and you switch to Auto CPAP it will take time to adjust. More than likely, it will get to a comfortable pressure over the first week or two.
  2. New CPAP users give up– Another issue with a delay in proper therapy pressure is new users giving up before they get proper therapy. If you are starting CPAP and wake up feeling the exact same, it can be frustrating. So, when new users begin on Auto CPAP and do not get past those initial few days out of frustration they may quit.
  3. Maybe you need more than a CPAP– For some people suffering from Severe Sleep Apnea you may need more than just a CPAP. This would be easily determined in a Lab Study but may not be if you did a Home Sleep Test and started Auto CPAP at home. That is why it is important to keep a close eye on your Therapy Data from your Auto CPAP report to make sure that you get a proper reduction in your Sleep Apnea.

How do I know if Auto CPAP is working for me?

The most important thing is to treat the Sleep Apnea. Luckily, almost all of the newer Auto CPAP models record and report on your therapy in detail. These detailed reports will allow you and your doctor to monitor your Usage and Therapy to determine how well it is working. You will see things like AHI, Mask Leak, Hours of Use, and more. You and your doctor can use this information to make certain that you are receiving benefit from you Auto CPAP. If you are not, your doctor can help you move to a therapy more suitable to your needs.  
Continue reading...
  • By Clay Rollyson
  • /
  • /

DreamStation 2 Foam Update

We have had a ton of customers asking us about the new DreamStation 2 CPAP Foam. As distributors of Philps Respironics products, we do our best to provide information to our customers as we receive it. This means that we are passing along the information from Philps Respironics and the FDA. We understand that many have reservations trusting these sources. That is certainly understandable. However, we must move forward with the information that we have at hand. So here we go.

Did the Dreamstation 2 Foam fail an FDA inspection?

According to Philips, the FDA did inspect their manufacturing plant and tested some of the devices there to ensure that they passed required metrics. During that inspection there was a device that failed the VOC (volatile organic compounds) limits. Many people read that FDA inspection and assumed that the device that failed was a DreamStation 2 CPAP. Using that assumption, many theorized that the DreamStation 2 CPAP would be recalled next. Fortunately, that was not the case. Philips Respironics announced that the device that failed inspection was not a DreamStation 2 CPAP. The device was an unreleased version of an A-Series Bipap. They also reiterated that the DreamStation 2 Foam as well as the foam used in the repair kits have passed all necessary inspections and are safe.

What kind of foam is in the Dreamstation 2 CPAP?

Obviously, you would not want to use the same foam in the DreamStation 2 CPAP as the DreamStation original version. Luckily, Philips went with a completely different version. The original foam found in the DreamStation 1 was a PE-PUR (Polyester based polyurethane) Foam. This original foam produced VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) that could be harmful to people breathing them in. The Foam found in the new DreamStation 2 CPAP is a Silicone based foam. This new silicone-based foam has been inspected by the FDA and has been approved for use in the DreamStation 2 CPAP.

Can ozone hurt my DreamStation 2 CPAP?

One of the largest contributors to the foam breakdown (according to Philips) was use of Ozone on the CPAP. The long-term use of Ozone can be harmful over time. Ozone is Ionized Oxygen, and that is certainly a corrosive element. This means that over time it can break down metals and plastics. That will obviously cause early breakdowns of your CPAP. That is obviously something that you should consider. For many CPAP users a cleaner like the SoClean has been a great option for them and has been really beneficial. So, you would need to weigh out the consequences of using Ozone on your CPAP verses the benefit of the integrated Cleaners. Additionally, both ResMed and Philips have issued statements that they do not recommend using Ozone to clean their CPAPs. They have even stated that it may void your warranty.

What other options do I have for Cleaning my DreamStation 2 CPAP?

Philips recommends that you use a soap and water mix for cleaning the washable portions of your CPAP. They do not recommend any cleaning of the CPAP device itself, outside of wiping it down. Check out our DreamStation 2 Maintenance video here. With that being said, there are ozone options that do not intrude into your DreamStation 2 foam. Those cleaners use a separate bag and clean the cleanable parts separately from the CPAP machine. This keeps the ozone outside of your CPAP. One great option for this is the Sleep8 CPAP Cleaner. You can also use UV Cleaners such as the Liviliti CPAP Cleaner.
Continue reading...
  • By Clay Rollyson
  • /
  • /

The most recent update for the DreamStation Recall

It has been a long 6-7 months in the CPAP world. Most of that due to the unprecedented recall from Philips Respironics. With that being said, there are some relevant updates. Here is what you need to know.

Recent FDA Inspection Findings for DreamStation Recall:

Philips has received a lot of questions regarding the FDA’s published Form 483 report. That is because in that report the FDA documented that a Philips Respironics unit failed the VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) test. That was extremely concerning, because that was the major reason for the initial recall. Many people assumed that the VOC test failure was on the DreamStation 2 CPAP. Fortunately, it was not. The unit that failed was an unreleased design for a specific A-Series Bipap. Thankfully, the DreamStation 2 CPAP as well as the repair kits for DreamStation 1 CPAPs are all still approved as safe and effective.

Updated Recall Patient Recommendations:

When Philips initially announced the recall back in June 2021, the notice said, “Stop using your device immediately”. That was a pretty big shock to DreamStation CPAP users. It was also a pretty scary thing to say. Since that announcement the FDA and Philips have worked together and decided to change that recommendation. Now the recommendation says to “Consult with your Physician”. See the FDA recommendations here. That is a big change for DreamStation users. This means that they believe the risk of something bad happening because of an affected device may not be as potentially harmful as not treating your Sleep Apnea. Of course, you should consult with your Physician to make that decision. For the latest updates and recommendations check out the Philips Recall Website. 

Recall Registration and Remediation Updates:

Philips states that it is working diligently to remediate the millions of devices that were affected by this recall. To date, there have been 4 million devices registered worldwide. Of those 10% have been completely remediated. This means that there is still lots of work still ahead. We have been advised that the recall is estimated to be completed by September of 2022.

Recall Prioritization Requests:

Philips Respironics has been involved in conversations with external parties regarding patient prioritization. As a manufacturer, they do not typically have the clinical background of the patient nor the direct interaction with them required to support the design of formal patient prioritization plans. However, upon request of the FDA, they will be collecting data on the patient registration web site to determine if a prioritization scale for the U.S. based on relevant patient health information from registrations would be a positive step. The scale is used in addition to several pre-requisites (e.g., the availability of a given device in stock). More details will be provided in due course.

What to expect in the first Quarter of 2022 for the Philips Recall:

Philips is still running around the clock in the recall and remediation efforts. They still expect to finalize the remediation of registered recall units by September of 2022. In addition to the massive number of units on the recall list, global supply chains are also disrupted. This means that while Philips does not expect any delays in their plan, things can change. They are ramping up continuously to accelerate the remediation efforts as much as possible.    
Continue reading...
  • By Clay Rollyson
  • /
  • /

Accessing iBreeze CPAP Clinical Settings

The iBreeze CPAP is a great new option to the CPAP world. It has had great feedback so far but has only been widely available for a short time. This means that there isn’t a whole lot of information at hand to help CPAP users navigate the iBreeze. The information below will help you gain access to the Provider Clinical Menu on the iBreeze CPAP. This menu is designed to be accessed by your Provider or Clinician. So, it is not advised to make changes to your settings without first speaking with your Doctor.

How to access the Clinical Settings in your iBreeze:

The Provider Menu on the iBreeze is not difficult to access, but you do need the key. As with most CPAP models you have a series of buttons to hold down to gain that access. Below are the steps needed:
  1. Make sure that your iBreeze CPAP is plugged in.
  2. Press and hold the Ramp button on the top of the CPAP.
  3. While holding that ramp button down also press and hold the round knob on the front of the iBreeze for about 5 seconds.
  4. You will see the Prescription and Mode settings appear on the left side of the screen. You are now in the Provider Menu.
  5. To Exit the Provider Menu simply repeat the steps to get in, by holding the Ramp Button and front round knob for about 5 seconds.

Navigating the iBreeze Provider Menu Clinical Settings:

It is once again worth noting that your Clinical Settings are prescribed and preset to your needs by your Doctor. Changes to these settings should only be made with supervision of your treating physician. Below is a list of the Settings that you will find in the Provider Menu:
  • Mode Selection– This is found with one click to the left at the top of the screen. It will read APAP or CPAP. You can click and change that setting from Fixed Pressure “CPAP” to Auto CPAP “APAP”.
  • Therapy Settings– Below the Mode Selection will be your APAP or CPAP settings. Highlight and select the setting to change it to the desired setting.
  • R-Care Setting– This setting can be enabled or disabled. It will adjust the aggression of the iBreeze Auto CPAP algorithm.
  • E-Comp Setting– This setting is only seen when in the CPAP mode. It can also be enabled or disabled to help with CPAP comfort.

Continue reading...
  • By Clay Rollyson
  • /
  • /

Accessing your DreamStation 2 Clinical Settings

Recently the DreamStation 2 CPAP from Philips has become a very common CPAP for long time CPAP users. Most of that is because Philips Respironics is using the DreamStation 2 to replace recalled DreamStation 1 devices. They are doing this directly to CPAP users in most cases. This means that your new DreamStation 2 will probably arrive preset and ready to use directly from Philips Respironics. Now that you have the new DreamStation 2 you may be asking, “How do I know that it is set correctly?”.

How to Access your DreamStation 2 Settings?

Accessing the DreamStation 2 Clinical Settings is not very difficult. However, if you are not a tech savvy person, then you may want to ask a relative or friend that is to do this for you. Additionally, the Provider Menu allows you to change your clinical settings on the DreamStation 2 CPAP. This means that when you access this menu you have the potential of adjusting your prescribed settings. This should only be done by, or under the care of your Treating Physician. Below is a step-by-step guide to accessing the Provider Menu:
  1. Press and hold the power button with one hand until the light around the button starts to pulse.
  2. While continuing to hold down the power button use your other hand to swipe down on the screen from top to bottom.
  3. The screen will say “Entering Provider Mode”, and you can release the buttons.
  4. Once you are able to confirm the setting you can push the “Exit X” icon in the top right of the menu to exit back to the Patient Menu.

What settings are Available in the DreamStation 2 Clinical Menu?

The Clinical Menu on the DreamStation 2 CPAP is called the “Provider Menu” and it is designed to only be accessed by your Doctor or Equipment Supplier. This is where you will find the Prescription Therapy Settings that have been put into your DreamStation 2 CPAP. It is important not to adjust these settings unless your Doctor has instructed you to do so. There are 3 sub sections of the Provider Menu that we have detailed below:

Therapy Settings Menu:

This Menu is where you will find all of the Therapy settings that control the CPAP. These Settings should be set to your prescription levels. You can scroll down to access all of the settings described.
  • Mode– This is where you can adjust between CPAP and Auto CPAP mode.
  • Pressure- This setting is where you set the Pressure Settings for your CPAP or Settings Range if you are in Auto CPAP mode.
  • FLEX– This setting controls the Exhalation Relief for your CPAP. The higher the setting the more exhalation relief that you will get.
  • Tube- This setting is for the tube diameter that you are using. It is adjustable to 12mm, 15, mm and 22mm.
  • Ramp– The ramp setting allows you control the pressure that your machine will start out at as well as the time it will take to increase to therapy pressure.
  • Patient Access– This is where you can enable higher level patient controls such as FLEX in the Patient level. You will also see Patient Data where you can enable the detailed patient reports in the patient level.
  • EZ Start– This feature enables the DreamStation 2 CPAP to start off in a more gradual manner and stay at lower pressures for more time as a new CPAP user becomes accustomed to therapy. Many “old School” users are not a big fan of this, because they are accustomed to the higher pressure.
  • CPAP Check– Enables a quick diagnostic for validation that the DreamStation 2 is running correctly.
  • Mask Type– This setting is adjustable from X1 to X5 and is relative to the type of Philips Respironics CPAP Mask that you are using. This information can be found on the packaging of your Philips Respironics Mask.
  • Auto Trial– This setting is similar to the Auto CPAP mode settings but will set the pressure at your best fixed CPAP pressure after a certain period of time.

Data Menu:

The Data Menu is the middle selection on the menu screen. You can see Average Usage, Average AHI, Days of 4+ hours usage, and Average Mask Fit. You can also view detailed reports from this Menu.

Device Menu:

This portion of the Provider Menu is where you control the Language, Time, and where you can see the details of your DreamStation 2 CPAP Machine.

Continue reading...
  • By Clay Rollyson
  • /
  • /

How to use HSA or FSA benefits for CPAP Equipment?

What is the difference between HSA and FSA?

It is importantly first of all to understand the difference between HSA and FSA benefits. The primary difference is that HSA has funds that belong to you and roll over, but FSA funds are owned by the employer and may expire. Additionally, the FSA funds may even be lost if you lose the job that funds the FSA. Both options are great for people that want a tax advantaged way to save for medical expenses.

What can I buy with HSA and FSA benefits?

First and foremost, you must use these funds on actual medical expenses. Here at CPAPmyway, almost every item is eligible to use these funds. That is because a vast majority of the items that we sell are used directly for Medical Treatment or maintenance of the Medical Equipment that we sell. So, if you are considering a CPAP Cleaner or Backup Battery for your CPAP machine, then you are in the right place. Other items that are eligible range from baby supplies to nicotine patches. So that list is vast. You can find a detailed list of eligible items by checking out the Healthcare.gov website here. Additionally, you can thank the CARES act for adding over-the-counter items to the list without a prescription being needed.

How do I use my HSA or FSA card to buy products?

Using your HSA or FSA debit card is a simple as using any other credit or debit card. However, that is ONLY if the business that you are buying from is eligible to run an HSA or FSA card. Here are CPAPmyway we are an approved merchant both online and in store for HSA and FSA cards. Simply add the products that you need to your cart and checkout like normal. If you have any trouble at all we can help manually by phone at 813-704-6038.  
Continue reading...
  • By Clay Rollyson
  • /
  • /

iBreeze CPAP Settings

The new iBreeze CPAP machine has received really positive reviews so far from our customers. However, we have had quite a few customers asking about changing and adjusting the settings on their iBreeze. In this blog we are going to explain how to change the settings that are relevant to your comfort without changing the therapy settings on your CPAP. It is important to remember that your Therapy Settings should only be adjusted or changed under supervision of your doctor.

How to change the Humidity Setting on your iBreeze CPAP

Changing the Humidity setting on the iBreeze is very simple. It is done in the patient level menu so there are no difficult button combinations to press for access. When you look at your screen on the iBreeze CPAP you will most likely see the “Info” button highlighted in yellow. Below “Info” is “humidity”. You twist the knob on the front of the iBreeze one click to the right to highlight the “Humidity” setting. Click the knob once “Humidity” is highlighted to access that menu. It is important to remember that if you do not have any water in the water tank, you will not be able to access the Humidity Menu. You will have to add water first if that is the case. After accessing the Humidity Menu, you will be able to increase the Humidity level or decrease the humidity level by turning the knob to the left or right. You will notice the water droplet increase or decrease in size as you adjust. It can be adjusted from 0 to 8. Additionally, you can set the Humidity to “Auto” which will allow the machine to maximize humidity based on environmental conditions. Once you have made that selection simply click the knob again to confirm the change and you will be directed back to the main menu screen.

Changing Comfort Settings on your iBreeze CPAP:

IPR Exhalation relief:

The exhalation relief setting on the iBreeze is similar to the EPR setting on ResMed or the Flex setting on Respironics. On the iBreeze it is called IPR. To access the IPR exhalation setting you will scroll to the comfort section of your main menu and click on comfort. The first setting that you will see is IPR. Click on IPR and use the knob to adjust the setting. It can be adjusted from 0-3 for comfort. 0 being very little exhalation relief and 3 being the most. Click again to confirm the change.

Auto-Start and Auto Stop Features:

These are the next two settings in the Comfort section of the iBreeze Patient Menu. You will see them titled “Auto Start” and “Auto Stop”. You can change them by clicking on the desired setting and turning the knob to the left or right to make the change. Then press the knob again to confirm that change.

Preheat Setting:

This allows the humidifier to preheat the water without the CPAP running. For many CPAP users, especially in cold climates, the first few minutes of air passing over cold water can be uncomfortable. So, this option allows you to preheat that water to avoid the discomfort.

Ramp Settings:

The ramp settings are titles “P Ramp” and “Ramp Time”. The P Ramp setting allows you to set the starting pressure. This is the pressure that the machine will be at when you activate the ramp function on your CPAP. If you feel like the pressure is too high when you use the ramp, you can decrease that here. It is a nice feature to be able to control for first time users. The next setting is Ramp Time. This is the amount of time that the iBreeze will take to increase from the P Ramp setting to your prescribed setting.

Tube Selection and Mask Selection:

These are the next two setting parameters on the iBreeze Comfort Settings Menu. To adjust the Tube Type simply click the Tube Type section adjust to 15mm or 19mm. The iBreeze comes with a Slim Style 15mm tube. That should be the default setting. If you have an older style thick CPAP hose that you want to use on the iBreeze you can change the setting to 19mm to reflect that. The Mask Selection portion of the menu is pretty self-explanatory as well. You can click on the Mask Type icon and change from Full, Nasal, or Pillow. It is best to change this setting if you change your mask style.

How to change the R-Care setting on the iBreeze CPAP

The R-Care setting can be a little difficult to understand, but it is a comfort setting that allows new users to adjust more easily to starting therapy on the iBreeze CPAP. For old school users this feature may not be something that they enjoy. Especially if they are accustomed to a higher pressure right off the bat. To enable and disable that feature you must access the Provider Menu in the iBreeze. To do so press and hold the Ramp Button on top with the Knob button on the front. You will hold them for about 5 seconds or until the settings appear on the screen. You will now see the “R Care” setting on the left side at the bottom of the screen. Twist the knob to the left to highlight the R-Care setting. Click the setting and twist right or left to turn on or off. Then click to confirm. After confirming you can press and hold the Ramp Button on top with the Knob Button on the front again to exit the Provider Menu.

How to change the Date and Time on the iBreeze CPAP

To change the date on your iBreeze you simply need to scroll to the bottom of the Patient level menu and highlight “setting. Press the knob to access this menu. The fifth setting down is the Date setting. Press to access Press on the Year, twist knob to adjust, then press knob to confirm. Next you will scroll to Month and Day and repeat the setting adjustment step. Ater setting and confirming the date you can scroll back to the back arrow up top to exit this level of the patient menu.

Changing General Settings on the iBreeze CPAP:

To change a majority of the general settings you will start by repeating the steps above to access the Patient Level Settings Menu. Once there you will be able to repeat the adjustment steps from above to control the following:
  • Language– Available in English, Italian, Polish, Spanish, French, and Dutch
  • Screen Brightness– Adjustable from 1 to 3
  • Energy Savings– Controls the dimmer on the screen while not is use
  • Date– details discussed above
  • Date Format
  • Time
  • Alarm Clock– Can be set to replace the bedside alarm clock to save on nightstand space
  • Reminder– Alerts you to change out supplies at recommended levels.
  • Key Tone– Turn the beeping on and off for the controls
  • About– Provides all the details such as hours and Serial number of your iBreeze CPAP

Continue reading...
  • By Clay Rollyson
  • /
  • /

What makes the Eson 2 so Simple and Effective?

The main feature that we like about the Eson 2 is the classic design. There are so many “new and improved” CPAP Mask styles out there. Sometimes those masks do a great job for a lot of people, but many times they just provide more complications. The Eson 2 is a standard nasal CPAP mask. That means that it has a 4 point headgear and triangular shaped cushion that surrounds your nose. However, that doesn’t mean that the “classic” style can’t provide you with a modern fit.

New Features of the Eson 2:

The Eson 2 may be a very classically styled Nasal CPAP Mask, but it has some features that make it leaps and bounds better than previous models. Many old school nasal masks are clunky and hard to work with. There were too many pieces and parts that have to be disassembled and cleaned. They were also typically very heavy and bulky on the face. The improvements on the Eson 2 take all of that to the next level.

Eson 2 Features:

  • RollFit Seal– This proprietary seal was designed by Fisher and paykel to provide a great seal ,but to also help with one of the major downsides on many other Nasal Masks. That would be the irritation or abrasion at the bridge of the nose. The new cushion automatically adjusts itself to account for your unique nasal bridge.
  • Intuitive headgear– This headgear is legitimate high quality. For years we have spent time trying to get CPAP users to fit their headgear by removing bottom straps and carefully reattaching after placing it on your head. The Eson 2 headgear has the ability to stretch so that you can leave the straps connected and pull the mask right over your head. Without compromising the fit of the mask.
  • Multi-size Mask Frame– The frame on the Eson 2 allows you to connect all 3 sizes to the same frame. It is also available as a fitpack. This means that you can buy one mask and almost certainly guarantee that one of the 3 sizes included will fit you.
  • VisiBlue Highlights– There are obvious blue colored connection points to make sure that disassembling your mask and reassembling it is much easier than previous Nasal CPAP Mask models.
  • Ultra-quiet exhalation diffuser– The washable diffuser on the elbow of the mask allows you to exhale silently and without blasting your bed partner with your exhalation. As a person that sleeps next to a CPAP user, I can tell you that it a game changer for me.

How to fit your Eson 2:

The initial fitting of your Eson 2 is part of what makes this mask so simple for you to use. Because it uses the classic 4 point headgear, this mask provides a very stable and reliable fit. When fitted properly.

Step by Step initial fitting instructions:

  1. Make sure that you have removed all packaging. Including the plastic cover that goes over the cushion.
  2. Grab the mask by the bottom straps and allow the mask frame to hang downwards.
  3. Pull the bottom straps over your head and down below your ears. The seal and frame of the mask will rest against your forehead at this point.
  4. Pull down the mask frame and cushion over top of your nose. The seal must be surrounding your nose and the blue top strap will be sitting on your forehead.
  5. Now you will gently tighten the headstraps, starting with the top straps. Pull from each side equally as you tighten to ensure that the mask stays centered on your face.
  6. Adjust the mask as needed to accomplish an effective seal and to remain comfortable.

Why the Eson 2 is a great choice for those struggling with Nasal Pillows:

If you are struggling with a Nasal pillow CPAP mask, then you are not alone. Nasal pillows are certainly the simplest and the least invasive option of CPAP mask, but that doesn’t mean that there are no drawbacks. One of the main issues that we encounter with Nasal Pillows are new users that feel like they cannot breath normally. In many cases that is because you are trying to exhale through small holes against the Positive Pressure from the CPAP. That is where a mask like the Eson 2 can change the game for you. It is very small, lightweight and easy to use. This means that it has many of the features that drew you to a Nasal Pillow Mask. However, with a Nasal CPAP Mask you can exhale much easier. Many users notice a massive difference almost immediately.

How to Clean and Maintain your Eson 2:

The Eson 2 must be cleaned and maintained on daily basis according to Fisher and Paykel. The Mask and Frame are designed to be cleaned daily. The headgear and diffuser should be cleaned at least once per week. Check out the detailed instructions below for step by step cleaning instructions. Details can be found in the Eson 2 User Manual.

Disassembly for Cleaning:

  1. Unhook your headgear clips from the mask frame.
  2. Slide the forehead straps of the headgear downwards from the top of the mask frame.
  3. Next, remove the silicone seal from the mask frame.
  4. Then, remove the swivel from the elbow.
  5. Remove the diffuser from the elbow.

Cleaning the Eson 2 Mask:

  1. Hand-wash your mask in soap dissolved in lukewarm water. Do not soak for more than 10 minutes.
  2. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water, ensuring that all soap residue has been removed.
  3. Leave all parts to dry out of direct sunlight before reassembling.

Cleaning your Headgear and Diffuser:

  1. Hand-wash your headgear in soap dissolved in lukewarm water. Do not soak your headgear for more than 10 minutes.
  2. Gently hand-wash the diffuser in soap dissolved in lukewarm water, avoid scrubbing the material. Do not soak your diffuser for more than 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water, ensuring that all soap residue has been removed.
  4. Leave all parts to dry out of  direct sunlight before reassembling.

Eson 2 Mask Parts Layout

Keep in mid that the elbow and the headgear clips are not intended to be removed from the mask by the home user. If removed unintentionally, refer to the technical information page of the user manual for assembly.

Eson 2 Parts List

  • Silicone Seal
  • Mask Frame
  • Headgear
  • Headgear Clips
  • Elbow
  • Swivel
  • Frame Socket
  • Diffuser
 
Continue reading...