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Old 03-01-2018, 10:09 PM   #421
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My Resmed Airsense 10 shows the following replacement schedule:
- Every month: mask cushion or pillow, air filters
- Every 3 months: mask frame (excludes headgear), air tubing
- Every 6 months: headgear, water tub

I wonder if the mask pillow really has to be changed every month?
Been using my Airsense 10 with Airfit P10 for about half a year now.. and still using all the parts from the beginning (except for filter changed a few times, and pillow changed once for a smaller size). Other than that, I wonder why do we need to change the parts as per the schedule above ? I feel like everything is working fine and not necessary to replace anything
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Old 10-01-2018, 01:08 PM   #422
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Guys just comb thro the entire thread, will prob get the resmed airsense auto set 10 for her based on the review. Will compare price between amazon and 1800cpap. However i nv use forwarder via amazon b4, can anybody guide me how to go abt in doing it? Thank you!
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Old 10-01-2018, 02:04 PM   #423
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Hello,

Several users have written to me asking for details on how to import a CPAP machine. I've decided to reproduce one of my replies here for everyone's benefit!


The process for importing the CPAP machine is very straight forward. The whole process takes just under a week from ordering to delivery through the vendor I used.

There are only 4 steps.

1

The first thing you need to get is a letter from your doctor. All it needs to say is youíve been diagnosed with OSA (or any sleep disorder) and heís prescribed you treatment with a CPAP machine. Or something to that effect. It can be quite a short memo. My doctor wrote it on the spot, and it didnít seem like it was the first time he was writing one. Once you get it, scan it into a soft copy.

Next, order your machine. I use http://1800cpap.com/ for four reasons. First, they sell to international customers without needing to see a prescription. Donít worry, theyíre legitimate. Itís just that US Federal Law only requires machines sent to a US address to be accompanied by a prescription, not exports. Second, their FedEx 3 day shipping rates are very competitive. I paid US$50 I think for my machine which was a few KG and quite bulky. While US$50 isnít a small sum, itís cheap considering itís a 3 day door-to-door delivery by FedEx for a rather bulky item. Third, their prices are competitive and Iíve never been let down by them. Fourth, thereís a 10% discount code which you can use. Just enter ďtake10Ē when you check out.

After your place your order, take note of the FedEx number.

2

You can now apply for the free HSA license. First, download and complete this form.

The ďHS CodeĒ which the form asks for is 90192000.

Do note that every CPAP related device needs its own approval. So if youíre buying a machine and a mask, make sure both have their own entries in the form (you will notice the form allows you to do this).

Email the following to HSA_MD_SA@hsa.gov.sg :

1. The completed HSA form
2. The receipt/invoice from your vendor
3. A copy of your NRIC (front and back)
4. Your doctorís letter

Youíll receive an acknowledgement email. In a few days (could be as fast as the next day) youíll receive another email stating youíve been granted permission.

3

When your FedEx delivery reaches Singapore, the local office will call or send you an email informing you that you need a HSA license. This is why itís best to write to HSA right after you order so that you have import permission by the time the machine arrives in Singapore.

All you need to do then is to forward the HSA email to FedEx. The agent who liaises with you will provide you his/her email address.

Note that this doesnít always happen. I once bought a CPAP mask that went through customs without any hassle. But another time, my machine was stopped, and Iím pretty sure yours will be too. So better safe than sorry!

Once FedEx receives the HSA permission slip, the delivery will be arranged.

4


The last thing you need to do is pay 7% GST as your machine has a declared value of over S$400. FedEx will pay for it first, then bill you later with a $10 admin fee! No choice, thatís how it works. So expect a bill from FedEx within a month of delivery.

Thereís a little bit of paperwork that has to be done but itís quite straight-forward. Iíve bought items from 1800-CPAP three times now and Iíve had no problems with any of the steps.
Dear all, for step 2, the form does not ask me for The ďHS CodeĒ which is 90192000 as Shu stated, so im confused, am I using the correct form?

http://www.hsa.gov.sg/content/dam/HS...rt%20eForm.pdf

Also, what did you guys put as description in part C of the form?
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Old 10-01-2018, 05:27 PM   #424
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Hi
I wonder if you can be so kind to help me with my Resmed interface.

I am not able to scroll down beyond MyAir under Sleep Report.
Pls advise what seems to be the problem here.
Thank you.

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Old 13-01-2018, 01:09 AM   #425
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Hi
I wonder if you can be so kind to help me with my Resmed interface.

I am not able to scroll down beyond MyAir under Sleep Report.
Pls advise what seems to be the problem here.
Thank you.

Kind regards
Joe
Press both the Home button and the dial button together for at least 3 seconds, and you'll get the Clinical Menu.
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Old 24-01-2018, 11:09 AM   #426
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Hi Guys,

Started reading from post number 1 yesterday. Was hoping to find information on 2 things but haven't been able to find in here yet.

1) Anyone with OSA suffering from GERD (acid reflux)?

Diagnosed with OSA with AHI 21 a few years back. Started to have a sensation of phlegm in the throat since a year ago. I thought it was post nasal drip due to food allergy. After visiting ENT specialist, he noticed i have swollen larynx (throat) and hence the sensation of phlegm in the throat. OSA is one of the (many) reasons for acid reflux.

Just wanted to see if anyone suffers the same and got better after using CPAP therapy.

2) Anyone have experience with Philips Dreamstation Go? Haven't seen any reviews but i guess its because it a pretty new machine.

I travel quite a bit, and a lot of those fights are long distance. I would say i'm away 50% of the time. I was hoping to just buy a single machine and the Dreamstation Go seems like a pretty decent (robust) machine to carry around and used daily.


Guess I have to check out other forums for more info.

Hey @dreant and anyone else who use CPAP on airplanes - do you find the air in the aircraft cabin is dryer and hence would need a humidifier?
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Old 25-01-2018, 08:08 AM   #427
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Hi Guys,

Started reading from post number 1 yesterday. Was hoping to find information on 2 things but haven't been able to find in here yet.

1) Anyone with OSA suffering from GERD (acid reflux)?

Diagnosed with OSA with AHI 21 a few years back. Started to have a sensation of phlegm in the throat since a year ago. I thought it was post nasal drip due to food allergy. After visiting ENT specialist, he noticed i have swollen larynx (throat) and hence the sensation of phlegm in the throat. OSA is one of the (many) reasons for acid reflux.

Just wanted to see if anyone suffers the same and got better after using CPAP therapy.

2) Anyone have experience with Philips Dreamstation Go? Haven't seen any reviews but i guess its because it a pretty new machine.

I travel quite a bit, and a lot of those fights are long distance. I would say i'm away 50% of the time. I was hoping to just buy a single machine and the Dreamstation Go seems like a pretty decent (robust) machine to carry around and used daily.


Guess I have to check out other forums for more info.

Hey @dreant and anyone else who use CPAP on airplanes - do you find the air in the aircraft cabin is dryer and hence would need a humidifier?
My opinion after researching online on the dreamstation go. I own the dreamstation btw

The dreamstation is already quite small and it can usually fit in my hand carry, so shaving a little off the size wun save too much.

The go is probably for people who desired to use the cpap on the flight, becos it is able to integrate the battery nicely

That being said, the go cost about 50% more than the basic dreamstation
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Old 25-01-2018, 12:05 PM   #428
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2) Anyone have experience with Philips Dreamstation Go? Haven't seen any reviews but i guess its because it a pretty new machine.

I travel quite a bit, and a lot of those fights are long distance. I would say i'm away 50% of the time. I was hoping to just buy a single machine and the Dreamstation Go seems like a pretty decent (robust) machine to carry around and used daily.


Guess I have to check out other forums for more info.

Hey @dreant and anyone else who use CPAP on airplanes - do you find the air in the aircraft cabin is dryer and hence would need a humidifier?
Have no experience with the Dreamstation Go, it seems you'll be able to find a number of reviews online. I do like the idea of the integrated power - it does have its conveniences. Also, the ability to use regular tubes without an adapter is another plus.

I believe portable units tend to make some sacrifices to achieve their size. So, if the Dreamstation Go is functionally identical to the regular Dreamstation, I would think it is worth considering - but if it isn't, then you need to weigh if the reduced functions is worth the smaller footprint (and usually increased cost) of the unit.

However, I'm not a huge fan of how they appear to try to nickle and dime you with the whole array of accessories. A carry case is not included with the unit, but sold separately, and sold in different sizes too (with, and without battery). I do feel a proper *travel* carry case is one requirement if you need to travel frequently with your unit - and the DSG's travel case does not appear to have any space for your tube or mask either.

The biggest gripe I have with Resmed units is the size of their power brick - that said, I'm guessing it might have to do with being a precision equipment, that needs very clean and stable power. While I might understand the reasoning, it doesn't mean I have to be happy with it.

Ultimately, I feel it is possible to make a distinction between portable, and travel-friendly units. Where, portable units can be battery powered for off-the grid use where you have no access to an electrical outlet for a couple of days, and travel-friendly units are just small and compact, and easy to setup and pack-away.

I currently use a Resmed Airsense 10 autoset, and also have a Transcend Auto. The Airsense 10 however comes with an *amazing* carry case, that IMO makes it pretty easy to travel with. I use my Resmed during business travels, and only use my Transcend when need to be outfield (and on battery power).

That said, the other thing to be aware of is, it is not possible to operate a heated humidifier on battery. Their power requirement is just too much.

One other travel pointer would be, units with a power cord (including power bricks with a cord) are preferred for travel use over units with a wall-wart (eg: Transcend). Wall-warts are not travel friendly, as the outlets may not have enough clearance, or (more usually) the strength to hold up the power adapter, and so you'll end up having to carry an extra extension cable. I have an extremely low profile extension cable which I keep with my Transcend.

IMO, it's far too messy to even try to use a heated humidifier when flying, and I never do. I only use my CPAP if I'm flying business or first. Most people don't have a problem with their apnea if they sleep sitting up, and economy seats don't always have an outlet.

I do keep a few Z1 HME with me, which I use when using my Transcend in winter conditions, but I do feel they are cost prohibitive for regular use, and sometimes don't even bother to use them. (They last only about a week once opened, and must be correctly stored in an airtight bag in between uses). You could look into them if you feel you absolutely need humidification while flying.

Off topic tip: With the amount of travel I had to do in the past, I found it advantageous to swap all my essential equipment to use US-style 2 prong power cords; and this was one of the most amazing things I ever found.
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Old 26-01-2018, 04:14 PM   #429
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My opinion after researching online on the dreamstation go. I own the dreamstation btw

The dreamstation is already quite small and it can usually fit in my hand carry, so shaving a little off the size wun save too much.

The go is probably for people who desired to use the cpap on the flight, becos it is able to integrate the battery nicely

That being said, the go cost about 50% more than the basic dreamstation
My only gripe with the regular machine vs the travel ones is that i have to carry the power brick. I may go with the Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset if its not too much of a hassle to bring around.

Thanks for your reply. Appreciate your inputs.

I currently use a Resmed Airsense 10 autoset, and also have a Transcend Auto. The Airsense 10 however comes with an *amazing* carry case, that IMO makes it pretty easy to travel with. I use my Resmed during business travels, and only use my Transcend when need to be outfield (and on battery power).

Keeping all the CPAP equipment after setting it up at home, hand carry and bring it to the hotel to set it up, keeping the equipment at the end of the trip, bringing it home to set it up for home use again...

I'm guessing that is what you have to do with the Airsense 10 dreant.

So that question is, the Airsense 10 autoset is portable enough, power brick and all for you to make the effort? Any comments on how you manage the setup again and again with your experience?

I travel about 3 to 4 times a month. So for convenience, I have 2 sets of toiletries - one for home and another for travel. Toiletries are cheap

There is 3-400 in savings in buying slightly used Airsense Autoset or up to 600 for gently used Dreamstation. But if i spread the savings over a 3-5 years of usage, i think i can live with paying slightly more to have the convenience. I seem to be answering my own question

Its just that since you have travelled with the Airsense 10, power brick and all, how to you manage it?
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Keeping all the CPAP equipment after setting it up at home, hand carry and bring it to the hotel to set it up, keeping the equipment at the end of the trip, bringing it home to set it up for home use again...

I'm guessing that is what you have to do with the Airsense 10 dreant.

So that question is, the Airsense 10 autoset is portable enough, power brick and all for you to make the effort? Any comments on how you manage the setup again and again with your experience?

I travel about 3 to 4 times a month. So for convenience, I have 2 sets of toiletries - one for home and another for travel. Toiletries are cheap
If I had to travel as much as you do, I might just get a second machine... USD is pretty weak now, so it could be worth considering. Also, get yourself an ABTC if you don't already have one. Immigration clearance is a breeze in participating economies.

I don't feel it's too much of a hassle, because at the end of the day, you should *always* hand carry your unit, and **never** check it in. As such, I feel the small size/weight difference does not make it any more or less convenient regardless if I'm flying with my Resmed or Transcend unit.

(Actually, I find flying with my Transcend is a little bit more inconvenient, because I only carry it if I have to be outfield, and that means I'll have the battery with me - and some airports are quite strict when screening batteries; Trancend's carry case also doesn't have a shoulder strap which I prefer to use too)

That said, setup/pack away is not difficult. I'm usually able to pack and have everything in the carry case in under a minute. It only gets annoying if you have to crawl under a table to reach the power outlet. If that's how your home is setup, just get an extension cable to bring the outlet up top.

When traveling, my main concern is usually about hygiene, where I especially do not want housekeeping to touch or otherwise handle my mask or tubes. I usually keep them tidy on the bedside table, so they have no reason to touch it, in a pillowcase with a tag that says 'medical device' on it (should be quite easy to make your own).

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Old 28-01-2018, 06:33 PM   #431
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strange... i tot i made a reply but i dun see it here.

anyways, i'll probably get the dreamstation go as my primary device first. if i find it a hassle to pack/unpack, then i probably go for a resmed 10 for home use.

now i need to find a mask that fits...
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strange... i tot i made a reply but i dun see it here.

anyways, i'll probably get the dreamstation go as my primary device first. if i find it a hassle to pack/unpack, then i probably go for a resmed 10 for home use.

now i need to find a mask that fits...
One other thing to note, if you plan to carry the DSG's battery when you travel, it's rated 90Wh. For airports that enforce a strict 100Wh limit (eg: PEK), it would mean you can't have a laptop, or ipad (~24Wh) with you at the same time; and you can't check them in either, and may be forced to leave one or the other behind.
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One other thing to note, if you plan to carry the DSG's battery when you travel, it's rated 90Wh. For airports that enforce a strict 100Wh limit (eg: PEK), it would mean you can't have a laptop, or ipad (~24Wh) with you at the same time; and you can't check them in either, and may be forced to leave one or the other behind.
good to know. thanks!
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Yes! this is me! At first I was battling GERD and for quite some time. My lifestyle and food choices were undesirable, plus the GERD effects itself. Then fast forward to the time I was officially diagnosed with Severe OSA, and used CPAP. My GERD was gone! And I can eat anything again without worrying my GERD triggering.

Hi Guys,

Started reading from post number 1 yesterday. Was hoping to find information on 2 things but haven't been able to find in here yet.

1) Anyone with OSA suffering from GERD (acid reflux)?

Diagnosed with OSA with AHI 21 a few years back. Started to have a sensation of phlegm in the throat since a year ago. I thought it was post nasal drip due to food allergy. After visiting ENT specialist, he noticed i have swollen larynx (throat) and hence the sensation of phlegm in the throat. OSA is one of the (many) reasons for acid reflux.

Just wanted to see if anyone suffers the same and got better after using CPAP therapy.

2) Anyone have experience with Philips Dreamstation Go? Haven't seen any reviews but i guess its because it a pretty new machine.

I travel quite a bit, and a lot of those fights are long distance. I would say i'm away 50% of the time. I was hoping to just buy a single machine and the Dreamstation Go seems like a pretty decent (robust) machine to carry around and used daily.


Guess I have to check out other forums for more info.

Hey @dreant and anyone else who use CPAP on airplanes - do you find the air in the aircraft cabin is dryer and hence would need a humidifier?
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Dear all, for step 2, the form does not ask me for The ďHS CodeĒ which is 90192000 as Shu stated, so im confused, am I using the correct form?

http://www.hsa.gov.sg/content/dam/HS...rt%20eForm.pdf

Also, what did you guys put as description in part C of the form?
I just recently gotten my own Auto CPA, I didn't provide any HS codes. At the section C, I just copy & paste whatever the product description as listed on their website. And most of them are the typical marketing stuffs
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