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Adjusting rate of breaths per minute

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randi +0 points · 5 months ago Original Poster

My husband has been on the bipap st for a few weeks and has gone from 93 AHI down to anywhere from less than 1 to 9 AHI according to his machine but he feels like the machine is not allowing him a long enough interval to fully inhale and exhale. It is set to force 14 breaths a minute. We see his doctor Tursday and will ask for a prescription to turn it down to 12 breaths a minute. Wondering if anyone else has this feeling of being rushed by the machine and what they did about it?

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Sierra +0 points · 5 months ago Sleep Innovater

I have no experience with using a timed backup rate pressure support machine. I am aware that ResMed makes a AirCurve 10 ASV machine that automatically follows the breathing pattern and provides breathing support on a breath by breath basis, rather than at a fixed rate. You could ask his doctor if that type of machine might be a more suitable solution. The AirCurve 10 ASV I believe is limited to 20 cm pressure, so the requirements would have to be under that. Other BiLevel machines can go up to 25 cm.

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obbyone +0 points · 5 months ago

If you have the Aircurve 10 St...there's no way.

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bonjour +0 points · 5 months ago Sleep Commentator

Which BiPAP are you on, brand makes a difference, and what are your current settings? not just pressure! There are typically timing and aggressiveness settings that go beyond BPM. Why does he have a timed backup rate? What underlying medical condition does he have?

Flex on PR machines makes many feel rushed as it dictates that you must start inhaling or exhaling now. ResMed tends to follow you.

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