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The leadership of Choice Respiratory Care Inc. and its employees hold patient care in high regard. We feel that by continuing to focus on the patient as a top priority, while always striving to offer the latest in respiratory equipment technology, we will effectively continue to support the growing need for home care services within our geographically defined area.

Choice Respiratory Care Inc. is committed to strengthening our position through streamlined processes and strict financial planning, while maintaining strong relationships with our clients and referral sources.

  What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is defined as the cessation of breathing during sleep. Apnea specialists generally agree that there are three different types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of these three, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common; central sleep apnoea is rare; mixed sleep apnea is a combination of the previous two with treatment being the same as OSA.

What is Obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep due to the obstruction and/or collapse of the upper airway (throat), usually accompanied by a reduction in blood oxygen saturation, and followed by an awakening to breathe. This is called an apnea event. Respiratory effort continues during the episodes of apnoea. An analogy might be helpful: OSA is like putting your hand over your vacuum cleaner intake nozzle. Your hand blocks all air from getting through (upper airway collapse) even though the vacuum cleaner is still applying suction (respiratory effort continues). The vacuum cleaner is usually straining somewhat at this time, and so does the human body.

What is Central Sleep Apnea?

Central Sleep Apnea is defined as a neurological condition causing cessation of all respiratory effort during sleep, usually with decreases in blood oxygen saturation. To return to the vacuum cleaner analogy: central sleep apnoea would be like pulling the plug on the vacuum cleaner. No power, no suction: if the brainstem center controlling breathing shuts down there's no respiratory effort and no breathing. The person is aroused from sleep by an automatic breathing reflex, so may end up getting very little sleep at all. Note that CSA, which is a neurogical disorder, is very different in cause than OSA, which is a physical blockage - though the effects are highly similar.

I/my bedmate snore(s). Do I have apnea?

It's possible, but not definite. Some people snore who do not have OSA. It's even possible, though extrememly rare, for someone who has OSA to not snore. (However, if the person has excessive daytime sleepiness, he/she may have another type of sleep disordered breathing, such as upper airway resistance syndrome, or a different type of sleep disorder). Pay attention to the sound and pattern of snoring: is it a steady, regular snoring, or is it loud, frequent, and occurring in periodic bursts punctuated by periods of silence, normal breathing, and/or gasping for air? The latter is a very good indicator of OSA.

Which CPAP machine is the best?

There are several different manufacturers of CPAP machines, each with different models. They all preform the same function; the major differences are in price, weight, and options. Some are "bare bones" while some have many options including such things as voltage converters (handy for people who travel to foreign countries) and even remote controls! You'd have to do some research. Unless there's some option that you really need, it probably doesn't matter.
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Welcome Nachole to the staff and a full-time in office Respiratory Therapist available Monday-Friday to assist patients with therapy questions
Welcome Sarah Howard to the Customer Service Department. Sarah will be handling new orders and incoming calls.

  On June 10, 2012 several staff members will be participating in this years March of Dimes walk in Honor of Mason Hischar. The staff is currently raising money to help support the cause and Choice will be a corporate sponsor of the event for Team Mason.
On April 27, 2012 several staff members attended the first annual benefit for Jameson's Army at the Le Monte in Pittsburgh. Choice was an exclusive sponsor for the event. Several staff members bid on auction items to help the organization raise awareness about Congenital Heart Disease
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