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Has Your ResMed AirSense 10 Been Dumbed Down?

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Sierra +0 points · 24 days ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

It is possible that your AirSense 10 has been set up to limit the data collected and displayed. This can be done in two ways:

  • All AirSense 10 machines come from the factory with a 4 GB SDHD card installed. However, it can be removed. This pretty much prevents the user from taking the card out to transfer data to a software program like SleepyHead for viewing. On the basic AirSense 10 CPAP machine this is not a big loss, as that machine does not record detailed data in any case. However, the Elite machine and AutoSet machines do record detailed data and your access to that is lost if the card has been removed. That said, the capability to store data going forward can be achieved by simply installing any SDHD card from 4 GB up to 32 GB.

  • The second way a machine can be dumbed down is by setting the Essentials Option to On instead of to Plus. This is a setting in the Clinical Menu, and can be easily changed if you can navigate the Clinical Menu system, which is pretty much like the standard User Menu. This change to Plus does two things. It increases the number of items you can control from the standard User Menu, and it allows you to see a much more detailed Sleep Report.

The two menu items added are on-off control of EPR and SmartStart.

The sleep report additions are:

  • Allows you to set the period the readings are averaged over
  • Days used
  • Days of 4+ hours
  • Average hours per day
  • Total used hours
  • Average pressure
  • Average Leak Rate l/min
  • Total AHI
  • Central Index
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Reg +0 points · 23 days ago

The resmed Air sense 10 is a good cpap but has the worst water tank for cleaning hey engineer look at the s9 that’s a good water tank

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Sierra +0 points · 22 days ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

I have the A10, but my wife has the S9. Yes, having the removable lid on the S9 reservoir makes it easier to clean out the bottom. However, it is a lot more complex, with 3 parts to it, while the A10 is pretty much one piece. I have to say I prefer the built in humidifier and the reservoir over the S9. The one nice feature of the S9 is that there is a built in light to let you see the water level when room lights are dim or dark. With my A10 I end up leaving a mini flashlight beside my machine so I can check the water level each night to make sure I have not forgotten to fill it.

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BruceZ +0 points · 20 days ago

Thank you; I received a Resmed AirSense 10 Autoset several weeks ago, and learned that the SD card had been removed. I realize that it transmits independent of the card, but any idea why the supplier (Lincare) removed it? As you note, doing so prevents me from acquiring more detailed info.

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Sierra +0 points · 20 days ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

I think there may be a bit of a push by some vendors to keep the users away from the detailed data, and coming back to them. I don't agree with it. But, I think worse than that if the SD card is removed then the detailed data is simply lost. You can't get it and all they get transmitted daily is the summary or compliance data which is very limited. If you have the SD card installed you can view it with SleepyHead, or if you take the SD to your provider they should be able to view it with the ResMed ResScan software. But with no SD the data is simply gone. I don't think it is ethical to take the card out as all machines come with one from the factory. If you want to learn a little more about it, have a look at the technical manual at the link below. See pages 28-29. This is a very good manual to keep for yourself as a pdf.

Technical Manual

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