DreamStation 2 Clinical Settings

  • By Clay Rollyson
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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.