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Health Risks of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Devices?

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Sierra +0 points · 3 months ago Original Poster Sleep Innovater

From time to time the issue is raised about the risks of using these devices, and if the user makes adjustments to them, what the consequences could be. My thoughts have been that I self medicate with two types of insulin several times a day, and that the risk of that is far higher. It turns out that my casual thinking may be more accurate than I thought. CBC our Canadian news outlet has been doing an expose on the risks of medical devices. Here is a link to today's article. When a database of medical device risks was checked the #1 risk was insulin pumps. Over the last 10 years 103 deaths have been linked to insulin pumps. CPAP devices did not even make the top 10 list. And when I did a search of the data base they have using Device Category "UNIT; CONTINUOUS POSITIVE AIRWAY PRESSURE" it came back with two deaths. Both were in the hospital. One was post surgery and apnea was not a factor in the death. The other was with a terminally ill patient. My conclusion is that CPAP devices are very safe, and not a death risk. There is no reason to fear them! There are other medical devices that one should be concerned about though...

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obbyone +0 points · about 2 months ago

In mi case too much pressure caused me CSA now ☹️

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Sierra +0 points · about 2 months ago Original Poster Sleep Innovater

It took me a while to figure it out, but yes I think more pressure that the auto CPAP was using, not me, was causing CSA too. I have moved to fixed pressure CPAP mode with my machine, and my AHI and CSA has come down. For some, the auto mode is not all good.

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · about 2 months ago Sleep Commentator

Once again Sierra you are right in the details but in this case I do wonder about the bigger picture.

We mere humans tend to misunderstand, misuse and often abuse developing technologies so my first query would revolve around those issues.

The other query is a much more difficult area to get a handle on. Dependence.

Yes it's a ludicrous argument on the surface but is it something we can safely dismiss?

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Biguglygremlin +1 point · about 2 months ago Sleep Commentator

I really do love numbers and statistics.

They are the ultimate tool for the twisted. (that's me) And they are the fastest way to invoke chaos or destroy any opposition yet they still maintain the illusion of respectability.

So what do the numbers say. Two people died with their masks on. Is there a historical precedent?

It is widely accepted that most cowboys died with their boots on.
If they had banned the sale of cowboy boots what would have been the effect?
Barefoot cowboys would have been less inclined to be standing on the hot surface of main street at high noon. Leading to a rapid drop in the death rate of cowboys with their boots. The logical conclusion is that cowboy boots were dangerous.
We needn't mention that barefoot cowboys would now be dying of snakebite or gangrene instead.

So is a CPAP machine dangerous?

The jury is out but in the meantime not using one has much worse odds.

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