AirSense 10, manufactured by ResMed, is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device used to treat sleep apnea . Learn about some of the pros and cons of this treatment option, automatic setup, wireless connectivity, and if this model is right for you.
New Design and Features of ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP
AirSense 10 has a sleek new design much like a modern alarm clock with a bright, easy-to-read display. The integrated clear humidifier chamber easily slides into place from the right side. Filter cap and data card are available at the opposite end. Heated or standard tubes connect in the center of the back with a swivel fitting.
One of the biggest changes in AirSense 10 compared to the S9 is its wireless connectivity. There is an internal modem that can be connected wirelessly to a local cell tower. This allows data to be shared with your durable medical device supplier to document compliance. Your doctor can also access it to monitor pressure remotely. To avoid exposure to an electromagnetic field (EMF), wireless communication can be turned off by placing the device in airplane mode (although the screen often prompts you to turn it back on).
The device can be ordered as automatic tuning, allowing the device to detect if you continue to experience airway collapse, with the ability to respond by increasing pressure within a preset range of options. The Expiratory Pressure Relief (EPR) feature can add comfort by making it easier to exhale when the pressure drops briefly.
Control of humidifier and heated tubes can be automated
The heated humidifier and climate line tubing can be controlled manually or automatically. The humidifier allows you to set 1 to 8 when it is on. The temperature of the heated tube can be adjusted from 60 to 86 degrees. You may need to optimize this according to your needs, which depends on personal preferences, as well as the climate and temperature of the room. Auto mode takes over these controls and seems to work fine.
One of the downsides to the AirSense 10 is the design of the water chamber itself. It has a very low profile and appears to hold less water than the S9. This can stimulate nighttime cleaning and refueling. It also contributes to inadvertent spills at the end of the recharge. Also, it seems to fit less comfortably against the body as it is constantly being removed and replaced. This can cause air leakage and noise if not replaced properly. Optionally, you can install the end cap without using a humidifier.
Pros and Cons of the New AirSense 10 CPAP Machine
The AirSense 10 CPAP has several other positives. It is very quiet and makes almost no noise when the mask is properly sealed. You can use the same filters, standard tubes, and masks that were used with the S9. Heated tubes differ in design and are not interchangeable. The set includes a beautiful quality travel bag with practical pockets and compartments. This bag may be a bit small if you are using a large face mask. You can enable on-screen consumable reminders to keep up with your hardware replacement schedule. There is an automatic rate change function that detects regular breathing and kicks in as soon as it marks a transition to a pattern associated with sleep.
When comparing it to the previous model, some disadvantages also come to mind. The power cord is different, so the above will not work as an additional one if you upgrade your device. The machine itself is a bit wider, especially if you compare only the discharge part of the device. This makes it slightly less convenient for compact travel. It tips a little easier when the hose rises and moves the device forward. When attaching the weather line tube, you won't hear the loud click it was before, but it should be obvious that it is securely attached (especially if you check the temperature settings).
There is a standard version of AirSense 10, as well as a "for her" model. The latter is slightly more feminine in color, with neutral tones instead of black, and has a leaf pattern printed on it. It also works somewhat differently, as it can increase pressure in response to subtle changes in the airways, which is more common in women with sleep apnea.
Accounting for prices and insurance coverage
Finally, it is always important to consider the price of these devices when upgrading. Typically, most insurance companies (including Medicare) pay 80 to 90 percent of the cost for a device every 5 years. Fortunately, ResMed has kept the price of the previous S9 model. Therefore, if given the opportunity, you can consider the pros and cons of these latest models and choose the one that best suits your needs.
This product was provided by The CPAP Shop , personally reviewed by the author, and donated at the end of the review period.