Earlier this morning, ResMed announced the release of a brand new series of bi-level pressure devices. Following the summer debut of the AirSense line of CPAP machines, ResMed’s AirCurve 10 brand of VPAP machines is hitting shelves everywhere this morning. Like with the AirSense series, the new machines feature the latest advances in comfort technology.
The new HumidAir heated humidifier is an innovatively designed system capable of combating the worst symptoms associated with VPAP therapy. The HumidAir’s 380 ml water chamber can be filled easily and the humidifier’s effects are augmented by the new ClimateLineAir heated breathing tube. The ClimateLineAir ferries warm air from the heated humidifier to your airways, providing further defense against the debilitating side effects of sleep apnea therapy.
Each VPAP also comes with Expiration Pressure Relief, or EPR. EPR works with Easy-Breathe to ensure that your machine only provides requisite pressure when absolutely necessary. Easy-Breathe is capapble of reducing pressure at the onset of each breath and keeping pressure low throughout exhalation. However, when you are having an apnea, EPR kicks in and returns pressure to your desired output so that you can overcome the apnea as quickly as possible.
Let’s take a look at each of the three AirCurve machines individually.
The AirCurve 10 VAuto is this year’s automatically adjusting bi-level device. The Auto is capable of delivering effective therapy for patients with a wide range of debilitating CSA. It features TiControl, a wide pressure range, SmartStart and SmartStop technology (which lets you start and stop your machine easily), and a brand new ramp feature. The ramp allows you to delay the onset of pressure by up to forty-five minutes, enabling you to fall asleep without experiencing a sudden rush of pressure. Finally, like the rest of the series, the Auto offers patients a bright screen with big buttons and an intuitive interface.
The AirCurve 10 ST is a spontaneously timed bi-level device. This means that your machine is programmed to deliver pressure on a timed schedule, changing pressure during inspiration and exhalation. It features all of the comfort features you’d expect to find on an AirCurve device combined with the most sophisticated algorithms ever offered on an ST machine. Also, like all other AirCurve machines, it comes with ResMed’s proprietary AirView data management system. It lets you access your therapy statistics remotely and send all of your information to your physician or VPAP provider without requiring you to leave the house.
The AirCurve 10 ASV is intended to offer personalized therapy for sleep apnea patients saddled with central breathing disorders, including CSA and Cheyne-Stokes Respiration. The ASV is the only servo-ventilator that effectively treats your most recent ventilations and features one of the most advanced algorithms ever tested. The ASV Auto adapts to your ventilator and upper airway needs on each breath; these quick responses help to personalize effective therapy.
Remember that each bi-level device requires a specific prescription and that these VPAP machines should not be used interchangeably. Keep in mind, if you use a bi-level device, your therapy needs are noncompliant with traditional CPAP machines. If you have any questions about the AirCurves or any other item we carry, please get in touch!