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[-] GenerousTanLyrebird4394 +0 points · over 1 year ago

Just wondering why Vpap were not included in survey

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[-] wiredgeorge +1 point · over 1 year ago Sleep Enthusiast

If I understand the definition, the Vpap and Bi-Pap machines are pretty much the same thing. I had to look up Vpap as I never heard of it. I have a Resmed Bi-Pap and it uses two set levels of pressure with the lower of the two to enable easier exhaling. I got the explanation from this write up on another site:

QUOTE: What is a VPAP Machine?

VPAP stands for variable positive airway pressure. Basically, a VPAP machine is a more advanced machine that a CPAP machine is. VPAP machines track a patient’s breathing patterns. By tracking these patterns the VPAP machine is able to offer increased pressure during inhalation and lower pressures during exhalation. VPAP machines are also called bi-level CPAP machines too. The technology of these types of machines are more advanced than CPAP machines. Even with the advanced technology they are still easy to use. UNQUOTE

If I am misunderstanding based on this write up, sorry.

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[-] DanM +1 point · over 1 year ago Sleep Enthusiast

Hi @GenerousTanLyrebird4394 and @wiredgeorge. VPAP is trademarked by ResMed as their name for a version of auto-bilevel. Each manufacturer has their own technology, and the settings available between the manufacturers can vary. I suspect VPAP was not specifically asked about because it is a trade name.

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · over 1 year ago Sleep Enthusiast

Dan, is the VPAP machine and a Bi-Pal machine the same animal or does the VPAP machine differ? I have a ResMed machine and if memory serves, it is a 10.

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[-] DanM +1 point · over 1 year ago Sleep Enthusiast

The VPAP machine is auto-adjusting bilevel in the ResMed S9 line. The ResMed "10" series of machines has a machine called the AirCurve 10 VAuto that is an auto-adjusting version of bilevel. The most basic bilevel machine uses settings at fixed pressures (EPAP for exhalation and IPAP for inhalation). There are 5 different machines in the current ResMed Bilevel line that can be viewed here: http://www.resmed.com/us/en/consumer/products/devices.html (scroll down to the Bilevel section of the page). The technical differences between the machines have to do with available features and adjustable settings that allow the devices to support patients who may need bilevel for different reasons.

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