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Apnea events & AHI numbers: What is the "goal"?


Posted by Number Cruncher on September 19, 2000 at 22:13:33:

What are reasonable “goals” in achieving a satisfactory results during CPAP treatment? Is there a standard that is recognized in the medical community as being adequate?

Specifically, the questions are:
1. What is an acceptable number of Apnea events per hour or night? (I would assume zero would be best, but is that achievable?)
2. What is considered to be an acceptable number of Hypopneas per hour or night?
2. What is an acceptable AHI number to shoot for?

I know that this is a crude way of evaluating the effectiveness of treatment, (not having any desaturation information) but I would like to know how to interpret the data that I have access to. I have a Resmed Autoset T CPAP, so I can follow up on the efficacy of my treatment, providing that the Apnea & AHI numbers are accurate on this machine. (I hope they are!).

P.S. I have NO INTENTION of messing with the settings on my machine. Please do not interpret this message as asking for medical advice - I am simply curious.

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