ResMed is a trusted brand in the CPAP machine market known for its commitment to comfort and innovation. Their Airstart 10 APAP is a popular choice among patients with sleep apnea, it is an entry-level APAP device that automatically adjusts to the user’s airway pressure making it easy to set up and use. Airstart 10 APAP machine offers basic features, top-quality performance, making it an exceptional value.
The AirStart 10 APAP therapy device is simple to operate and user-friendly, there are no complicated menus or settings for patients to navigate, they just need to plug in the device and press Start. The device is straightforward and has all the necessary features for effective and natural therapy.
Although the Airstart 10 APAP is not a premium model, it has all the basic features which are needed by the CPAP user to make their therapy comfortable and easy.
The Airstart 10 APAP has a feature called the Ramp function that is designed to make the beginning of therapy more comfortable. The ramp time is the period between the low start pressure and the recommended treatment pressure, and it can be adjusted to any value between 5 and 45 minutes or even be disabled. This feature allows the user to fall asleep more easily as the pressure increases gradually, and it makes it less intense when the pressure reaches the optimal level, improving the user’s comfort. It’s a great feature that can help users persist with their therapy by making it easier to adjust to the CPAP machine
In addition to its ease of use, the AirStart 10 APAP also comes with a built-in HumidAir Heated humidifier, which helps to minimize common therapeutic side effects such as nasal congestion and dry mouth or throat, providing extra comfort during use. The humidifier’s ease of use and control also makes it simple for patients to use. The humidification settings can be adjusted according to the patient’s needs, and can even be turned off if desired. However, it is generally recommended to use a humidifier in conjunction with a CPAP machine in order to achieve optimal results.
Another feature of the device is the Expiratory Pressure Release (EPR) which is a therapeutic function that reduces the mask pressure when the patient exhales while maintaining the optimal treatment. The Easy-Breathe waveform cleverly recreates the patient’s unique breathing rhythm, making breathing feel more natural and therapy more comfortable.
The device is worn continuously while a person sleeps, which can affect both their ability to inhale and exhale. Some users, especially those who require high settings, find it uncomfortable or challenging to exhale against the device’s positive air pressure. The EPR feature is designed to make this issue easier to handle. It gradually lowers the pressure applied when the user exhales, making it easier for them to breathe out against the air pressure, resulting in a more comfortable therapy experience.
The Airstart 10 APAP is FAA approved and suitable for use in aircraft, it also comes with a two-year warranty. The SD card that comes with the device can be used to download sleep data, and the therapy data can be reviewed and modified if necessary by the user’s care provider.