Auto – Adjusting CPAP – APAP

Auto – Adjusting CPAP – APAP

By Taikhum Sadiq

Initially we only had machines that delivered airway pressure at a constant rate and there were no cycles while applying pressure. But now with the advancement of technology, machines have been developed that adjust to the person’s needs and therefore are a bit better than the previous ones. Behold the APAP. The APAP (Automatic Positive Airway Pressure) machine is designed to automatically adjust on a breath after breath basis to blow the minimum amount of pressure that is needed to keep your airway open during sleep. This allows your device to provide ideal pressure to the airway during the night.

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APAPs are somewhat more advanced than CPAPs as they usually offer more therapy tracking information and more comfort features. The major difference is that an APAP can function like a CPAP to blow constant pressure through the airways. On the other hand, CPAP machines cannot automatically adjust pressure like an APAP. This HDM Z1 Auto Unplugged Travel CPAP Machine With Powershell And Battery is an example of an APAP machine that comes with an Auto- CPAP algorithm that actually adapts to the user’s breathing requirements thousands of times per night.

Another great example is the Devilbiss IntelliPAP Auto Adjust CPAP System with SmartFlex Technology which incorporates a special algorithm for scoring patient events and adjusting pressure throughout the night. It can be used in both conventional CPAP or Auto-Adjust modes. The system allows clinicians to adjust the apnea and hypopnea detection to individual standards.

The HDM Z1 Auto Base Travel CPAP Machine builds on the form-factor of the Z1 CPAP to deliver the world’s smallest, lightest, most integrated Auto-CPAP machine. It is only 10 ounces and has integrated PowerShell technology which helps deliver an amazing night’s sleep on a single battery charge.

Another excellent machine is the Respironics REMstar Pro C-Flex Plus With Heated Tube Humidifier which is a long term CPAP solution. It has the ability to assess the home sleep testing patient’s prescription in Auto-Trial. The Auto-Trial mode and CPAP-Check mode were designed to optimize pressure settings, while providing the long-term benefits of fixed CPAP therapy.

 

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