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Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System Review

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System

Many of our patrons are interested in the Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System and have asked for a more in depth explanation on how the humidification system works. At respshop.com we aim to find the ins and outs of our products and will continue to research information for a better customer experience. Be sure to visit our CPAP and Sleep Apnea Blog often and use our Facebook and YouTube Channel as a form of communicating, interacting and for use as a knowledge base. Please contact us if you would like for us to cover a specific topic or product.

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System – Respshop Review

Designed for superior home and travel CPAP use, the Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System improves patient therapy and comfort. The optional H9M System allows users a wearable CPAP option providing the ultimate freedom of movement than any other CPAP machine on the market. The Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System includes a proprietary mask compatibility adapter and a minimized, 9-inch hose that allows the user to turn over in bed without tubing drag and pull. The Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System is the most compact CPAP humidification option in the world. Eliminating the hassles of traditional heated humidifiers the H9M was engineered using a proprietary heat moisture technology (HME). HME, a ventilation therapy of hospitals for over 50 years, is being used for the first time ever for CPAP therapy.

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System – How it Works

The waterless humidification uses a unique air delivery hose that evaluates CPAP pressure at the mask, downstream of the HME filter, the Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System provides constant and consistent therapy pressure throughout the night. Featuring the hygiene improving disposable HME capsule, the system uses no electricity or power resources. Working naturally with each user breath, the HME reserves the moisture and warmth while CO2 release the mask vent. While the inhaling, the HME warms and humidifies the air passing through the filter to deliver comfort to the user. The H9M is an easy, instinctive and efficient solution to a CPAP heated humidifier.

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System – Package Contents

The Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System features the Transcend H9M 9-inch air delivery hose, Transcend H9M headgear, forehead pad assembly, mask shell assembly, and four HMEs.

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System – Mask Compatibility

The question most asked is regarding what masks are compatible and how to connect the mask to the Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System. The result of our testing gave us a much better understanding of the mask system operation and compatibility. First we will cover how to choose the correct adapter ring for the nasal mask intended for use.

*NOTE: The Transcend H9M Only Works with the following Nasal Masks

H9M Adapter Ring Nasal Mask Compatibility

Transcend H9M Humidification System – Nasal Cushion Installation

The Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System was designed to take over as the headgear support for the chosen mask. The only components needed from the chosen mask is the nasal cushion and flap. Nasal Cushion and Flaps are sold separately so purchase of the complete chosen mask is not necessary.

Follow These Steps To Install The Nasal Cushion To The Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System Step 1

Step 1:
We used the Adapter Ring 503016 for Small & Medium ComfortGel Cushion and Flap.

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System Step 3

Step 3:
These three components will be combined together

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System Step 4

Step 4:
Set the ConfortGel Blue Nasal Cushion within the Adapter Ring.

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System Step 5

Step 5:
The Flap secures around the Adapter Ring.

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System Step 6

Step 6:
The H9M Nasal Mask Frame

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System Step 7

Step 7:
Remove the top of the Nasal Mask tubing connector by spreading the clips on the side. Prepare the blue HME for installation.

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System Step 8

Step 8:
Insert the HME stem side up into the retainer.

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System Step 9

Step 9:
Replace the retainer by securing it to the frame.

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System Step 10

Step 10:
Prepare the Transcend H9M frame and the combined Adapter Ring, Nasal Cushion and Flap.

Transcend H9M Waterless Humidification System Step 11

Step 11:
Snap the Adapter Ring into place to the H9M frame.

A Recap of Our June Sleep Apnea Blogs

For the month of June, the RespShop team has been focusing on the best ways to inform our readers about Sleep Apnea. We began the month by sharing a post that directed our readers to the CPAP Sleep Apnea YouTube Channel which provides extensive informative videos all about Sleep Apnea and the machines used to assist with breathing.

Next we discussed The Connection Between Untreated Sleep Apnea and Your Relationships. Numerous studies and reports have found that suffers of Sleep Apnea can see a dramatic impact on their personal, work, familial and romantic relationships if their sleep disorder goes untreated. The solution to better relationships and better sleep comes in the form of a CPAP machine prescribed by your doctor and bought from your RespShop team.

After discovering the relationship risks of untreated Sleep Apnea, we decided to explore the health risks that are associated the Sleep Apnea when it goes untreated or undiagnosed. This article discussed the emotional and physical risks of having Sleep Apnea but also presented solutions through eating properly, using a CPAP machine and working out.

Following our article about the risks of untreated Sleep Apnea, we thought we would share our commentary on a recent study released from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. This study suggests that The Snoring Culprit of Sleep Apnea Raises Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death and you can read more by following the link within the article.

Lastly, as all our posts this month have been focused on the risks of untreated Sleep Apnea, we thought we’d share our favorite mobile apps that make treating Sleep Apnea and CPAP therapy easier. Whether you have an Android or Apple phone, the apps listed in our article can help you in your sleep therapy journey.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our blog posts this month and our focus on the risks of untreated Sleep Apnea as well as the article on how to make treatment easier through mobile apps. We hope you continue to come back to our blog and that we can continue to be your supplier of CPAP machines and CPAP supplies.

Mobile Apps for Sleep Apnea and CPAP Therapy

Mobile Apps for Sleep Apnea and CPAP Therapy

Worldwide there are approximately 1 billion Smartphone users to date, while PCs in use were roughly around 2 billion. With the growing trend of internet access and information going through Smartphones, several companies have released mobile apps for sleep apnea and CPAP therapy. With the goal to assist OSA patients with personalized and hands on data, sleep apnea and CPAP use has new useful resources.

Mobile Apps for Sleep Apnea and CPAP Therapy – Android and iPhone Compatible

Mobile Apps for Sleep Apnea and CPAP Therapy - SleepMapper

Mobile Apps for Sleep Apnea and CPAP Therapy - SleepMapper

Phillips Respironics SleepMapper

Our featured application on mobile apps for sleep apnea and CPAP therapy, Phillips Respironics SleepMapper is free for all PR System One owners with a verifiable Serial Number. The data through this program is accurate and informs the user of issues that need to be resolved and tips on how to accomplish so. The comprehensive application also allows the user to setup therapy goals and track the progress. Additional education is provided through the “Learn” portion of the Phillips Respironics SleepMapper app which contains videos regarding OSA therapy and treatments. While the app is still in its first couple months of availability, it is impotant to note that more information can be obtained at the website http://www.sleepmapper.com. Look for our extensive how to video for the Phillips Respironics SleepMapper app in early July.

Quit Snoring

Mobile Apps for Sleep Apnea and CPAP Therapy - Quit Snoring

Quit Snoring developed a new approach to overcome and reduce snoring episodes. During sleep, Quit Snoring continues to, even while your smartphone or tablet is in sleep mode. The app monitors your sleep session, listening in and when you snore it will produce a gentle nudge that can cease snoring. A nudge uses selected phone sounds or vibration, or both. The Quit Snoring App also features a recording console for your own sounds and you canuse them as nudges. Volume along with max number of nudges can be adjusted on the setting screen.

Details regarding how long you slept, how often you snored during the night, how loud your snoring was, and how many nudges were sent will show on the screen when you wake. Tapping “See Graph” allows you to see all the available information on a zoom capable graph.

Mobile Apps for Sleep Apnea and CPAP Therapy – Android Compatible

Mobile Apps for Sleep Apnea and CPAP Therapy - Sleep Appnea

Sleep Appnea: A Sleep Analzer – Ashwin Madavan

Sleep Appnea is a easy to use sleep apnea screening tool for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Sleep Appnea provides an alternative to expensive sleep studies with an easy screening tool for a disorder millions do not know they have. Sleep Appnea uses digital signal processing techniques to analyze the user while sleeping and determine the degree of OSA they may have. Please note that this application is not FDA approved and to consult your MD with questions and concerns regarding your health.

Sleep Apnea: The Snoring Culprit Raises Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects an estimated 12 million adults in the United States and a new study released from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that Sleep Apnea patients are more likely to suffer sudden death from cardiac arrest. This article from HealthCanal.com discusses the study and quotes Mayo Clinic cardiologist Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D.,”What we found that is new with this study is that if you have sleep apnea, your risk of sudden death increases almost twofold, particularly if you stopped breathing more than 20 times per hour of sleep and if you had severe falls in oxygen saturation during sleep.”

To lower the risks of sudden cardiac death, doctors recommend exercising, eating nutritious meals, losing weight and utilizing a CPAP machine and its accompanying CPAP equipment for treatment. You can read more information on the health risks of Sleep Apnea our article, “The Health Risks Associated With Untreated Sleep Apnea” and read more about this research study in HealthCanal.com’s post which is linked above.

The Health Risks Associated With Untreated Sleep Apnea

Most of our readers are well aware of the health risks that are associated with undiagnosed Sleep Apnea but every so often we see patients who have undergone a sleep study and still deny themselves proper treatment. Some say they haven’t treated their Sleep Apnea because they don’t want to wear a mask to sleep and others procrastinate because they are hoping the issue will just go away on its own.  The truth is that untreated Sleep Apnea can be incredibly dangerous to your health and in some cases take years off your life. While we are a supplier of ResMed CPAP machines and CPAP equipment, we aren’t writing this article to push you into buying our products, instead we just want to you be healthy. So on that note, let’s look at the many health risks that are associated with untreated Sleep Apnea.

Emotional Health Risks

A Poor Sleeper

 

When we refer to health risks, many of us instantaneously jump to physical health but numerous studies have found connections between the body’s physiology and emotional health. Aggression, depression and mood swings are all symptoms of untreated Sleep Apnea and each can cause a wide range of health concerns such as headaches, rapid weight gain/loss, and increased risk of heart attacks. Our emotional health is often affected by a lack of sleep and the above mentioned symptoms are all pieces of the health puzzle when it comes to identifying the side effects of untreated Sleep Apnea.

Bodily Health Risks

Sleep is the time when the body rejuvenates, heals and regenerates itself but this can only be accomplished with full sleep cycles. Those suffering from untreated Sleep Apnea are not able to experience entire sleep cycles because they cannot consistently get enough oxygen to allow the body and brain to begin the healing process and relax into the sleep cycles. As a result the Sleep Apnea inflicted body can undergo radical changes and acquire several health risks. Some of those risks can include:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Liver Problems
  • Medication and Surgery Complications
  • Erectile/Sexual Dysfunction
  • Daytime Sleepiness/ Sluggishness
  • Death

What Are The Next Steps?

If you have already undergone a sleep study and have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, the next steps are to stop procrastinating and make the move to better health. Believe us, you will feel so much better once you overcome the fear of sleeping with a mask or stop wishing the issue will go away. Always discuss your options with your physician but many doctors will recommend a three step plan to assist in the recovery and healing process.

1. Use Your Prescribed CPAP Machine and Supplies

While a mask may seem daunting at first and it may take some time to get used to, in the end it will become something you look forward to wearing every night. There is no better feeling than waking up fully refreshed and that can only be accomplished by Sleep Apnea patients through the use of  a CPAP machine and mask.

2. Exercise

Marathon-Exercise

Exercise is great for your body and combined with proper sleep, you will discover a whole new world has opened up before you. Gone are the days of feeling sluggish throughout the day or feeling depressed… instead you will feel great

3. Eat Nutritiously

Eating nutritious food can make a large impact on your emotional and physical health, which is why many doctors recommend that Sleep Apnea patients undergo a lifestyle change to eating nutritious meals as often as six times a day.

Get Feeling Better

So what are you waiting for? The health risks are laid out in front of you as well as the solutions. All it takes to improve your life now is to take the next steps and move towards a happier as well as healthier life. You can do it!