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Benefits of ResMed AirSense 11 CPAP for Sleep Apnea

It is widely accepted that Positive Airway Pressure, or PAP, treatment is the most effective means of combating the effects of obstructive sleep apnea. 

This sleeping disorder (which affects countless millions of people across the globe) causes disrupted sleep -- as the sufferer is briefly awoken during sleep as the air passage becomes blocked by soft tissue in the throat. 

Commonly referred to as OSA, obstructive sleep apnea can be largely controlled by the use of PAP devices.

For a number of years, ResMed has been at the forefront of PAP technology with the ResMed AirSense 10 proving itself as one of the best and most effective devices. The device's many features ensure comfort and ease of use -- while at the same time delivering the optimum level of pressurized air for each individual user's requirements.

While many users of the ResMed AirSense 10 will remain loyal to their trusted device, there are a number of advantages that the newer models have over their predecessor.

Those newly diagnosed with OSA may wonder which device is best for their needs which begs the question: What are the differences between the ResMed AirSense 10 and the ResMed AirSense 11 PAP devices and which one is the better choice?

Similarities among brands

All positive airway pressure devices operate in the same basic manner to deliver pressurized air during sleep.

Air is forced through the tubing system to the facial mask.

The mask (of different types) allows the air to enter the air passage via the nose, mouth or both.

An in-built heated humidifier moisturizes the air as it moves through the system.

Filters keep dust, dirt and allergens out of the pressurized air.

The Differences

Beyond these commonalities, different devices from different manufacturers will have their own specific (and sometimes unique) features:

ResMed AirSense 10

  • Four models: Elite, CPAP, AutoSet and AutoSet for Her
  • Intuitive control interface
  • User-friendly controls

AutoRamp: a unique feature that first delivers air under lower pressure but steadily increases to the required level.

EPR, short for Expiratory Pressure Relief, is another unique feature that maintains regular air pressure during inhalation, then a reduced pressure level on exhale, making breathing easier during sleep.

Another feature of the ResMed AirSense 10 is the myAir app and internet support program which sends data to a computer or phone. This program records the quality of sleep -- and provides feedback and tips as to how sleep quality may be improved and guidance with any necessary changes to settings.

ResMed AirSense 11

The latest model, the ResMed AirSense 11 PAP, many of the same features as its predecessor -- but there have been a few additions which are designed to make use easier and further improve the quality of sleep experienced:

  • Three models: CPAP, Elite and AutoSet.
  • Improved, simplified touchscreen for easier use.
  • Climate Control feature to automatically or manually control the built-in heated humidifier.
  • Sleeker design compared to the AS10

The upgraded version retains the AutoRamp and EPR features as well as access to the ResMed myAir internet and phone support service.

New Features

The ResMed AirSense 11 PAP device works as a complete sleep therapy system. This is because the newly introduced system comes complete with connected digital care supports that work seamlessly together. 

Among the new features are:

Test Drive. Connected through the ResMed myAir feature, Test Drive allows the user to experiment with different settings to fine-tune the experience. Test Drive can also be run to check mask seals for possible leakage.

Personal Therapy Assistant. Also available via the ResMed myAir app is a Personal Therapy Assistant feature which provides voiced guidance in equipment setup and troubleshooting solutions to many common issues.

Care Check-In. The Care Check-In feature allows the user to stay connected with their healthcare provider. With the owner's consent, the healthcare provider can monitor the progress and effectiveness of the treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and offer guidance accordingly.

Because the ResMed AirSense 11 has Bluetooth connectivity, it can also remotely deliver any software updates necessary to the optimum running of the device.

Upgrade Benefits

Maintaining a precise record of the therapy for obstructive sleep apnea can pose a real challenge for many. Recording the hours of use, issues with the fitting of the mask and the pressure setting used, however, are all essential if the device is to operate at its optimum and the therapy is to be effective.

The enhanced and new technology employed in the ResMed AirSense 11 records all relevant settings, usage details, and other data -- which can then be used to analyze the system's effectiveness and allow for improvements and adjustments to be made.

This frees the user from the chore of maintaining these detailed facts while remaining assured that all relevant data has been automatically stored and can be used for assessment and corrective purposes.

Although the ResMed AirSense 10 remains at the forefront of continuous positive airway pressure technology this situation will change in the not-too-distant future. The newer ResMed AirSense 11 is already making its mark as OSA sufferers realize how much easier the new version with its Bluetooth connectivity makes life easier and improves the overall experience.

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