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ResMed A-11 Toxic Odor

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ThruST +0 points · 19 days ago Original Poster

New to the forum but not to CPAP. My question is does anyone have a toxic odor when using a new A-11? I got my first A-11 in June, (made in the Philippines) after using it for 3 days I just couldn't use it anymore. The odor was so bad that I got sinus headaches and had chest/lung irritation. Contacted the medical supplier and was told to contact my doctor. Needless to say that with that response I returned the device and no longer use that supplier. I did file an MDR with the FDA and Resmed contacted me wanting me to return the CPAP. I told them they would have to get it from the supplier. Got my second A-11 (made in Australia) and it has the same order (not as bad as the first) but I still wake up with headaches and chest discomfort. I literally have to let the thing run for at least 2 hours before I need to use it to dissipate the odor but the odor is still there and I could smell it during use. It's been over 2 weeks now and I still can't get rid of the odor I contacted Resmed again and they asked me to return it. I asked Resmed what was the result of their investigation into the first CPAP and they told me the supplier said it smelled like smoke and was smoking, they said they tested it and it was fine. I replied to them to reference the MDR it was not smoking it had a toxic odor. Anyway the only thing I can do now is file another MDR with the FDA. My real issue is what is the toxic odor and what is it doing to my lungs. I've actually thinking about throwing the thing in the trash.

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Sierra +0 points · 19 days ago Sleep Patron

My routine in cleaning my AirSense 10 is to rinse the water reservoir hose and mask with pure vinegar. I then add a bit of Dawn dishwashing detergent to the each component and continue to shake and rinse. Last I rinse out the parts with plain warm water until there is no more soap residue. Each night I turn on the pre warming cycle about 15 minutes before going to bed. The only time I have had a bad smell come out of the machine is when I let the reservoir run dry during the night. When that happens I wake up with a dry nose and thinking that something was on fire, or I was breathing out of a gym bag full of unwashed clothes. Not pleasant, but my fault.

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ThruST +0 points · 18 days ago Original Poster

Thanks for your input Sierra. I don't believe mine is a cleansiness issue since mine is a new machine. Mine is more like a flashing issue from the plastic or possibly some kind of adhesive or some other substance within the CPAP itself. It's kind of like the new car spell when you get a new car it smells because the plastic is leaching out the chemicals. However The odor from the CPAP is much stronger because it's more concentrated and it forces it into your lungs.

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Sierra +0 points · 18 days ago Sleep Patron

Even though the machine is new, I would clean it thoroughly.

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