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DreamStation CPAP Therapy

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder caused by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea can be treated with CPAP (continuous, positive airway pressure). CPAP devices provide a constant flow of pressure to open and maintain the airway. The Respironics DreamStation CPAP machine offers a variety of perks to go along with it. This CPAP allows pressures from 4-20 cm H2O to be prescribed to the patient. The DreamStation has a screen on the front of the machine that allows the patient to see the menu while lying down in bed. When patients wake up in the morning after using the DreamStation, they are able to see the hours of usage for the previous night, and a summary of their progress.

DreamStation features:

EZ Start: Allows the patient to become used to the prescribed pressure by increasing the pressure by 1 cm H2O nightly until you reach your prescribed pressure. (requires an order from the doctor)

Ramp: Allows the patient to start at a lower pressure, enabling the patient to relax and fall asleep with the pressure gradually increasing over a set time frame (5-45 minutes) until it reaches the prescribed pressure.

Performance Check: The patient can go through a series of self-checks to ensure the CPAP machine is working correctly. The machine will display a green check mark if all is well, or a red X if something needs to be addressed.

C-Flex allows pressure relief on exhalation.

C-flex + allows pressure relief on inhalation and exhalation.

DreamMapper app: The patient can download the DreamMapper app and follow their progress through their smart phone. DreamMapper provides goal-setting tools, helpful videos and ongoing feedback to keep patients motivated and engaged.

Care Orchestrator: Sleep and respiratory care management system that allows doctors to receive information from the CPAP machine directly to their office. Once the machine is connected to Wi-Fi, information can upload throughout the day to give up to date data on the patient’s progress and specific issues.

Info sourced from Philips Respironics website:

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