How to use the ApneaLink Air Home Sleep Testing Device | Resmed
ResMed apnea link air is a device which helps to detect sleep apnea in one quick and simple overnight study, this article helps to familiarize you with apnea link air and make sure you use it correctly and efficiently.
Your clinician has recently given you an apnea link air device to get tested for sleep apnea in the comfort of your own bedroom, don't worry, it's simple and easy to use, ResMed apnea link air is a device which helps to detect sleep apnea in one quick and simple overnight study, this short video will help to familiarize you with Resmeds apnea link air and make sure you use it correctly and efficiently at any time.
In the setup you can also refer to the patient instructions provided by your clinician to get further details, when you open the pack, you find several components, the apnea link air recorder, the belt, it's effort sensor, the nasal cannula, and the pulse oximeter, we'll explain each of these parts as we assemble the system, the apnea link air recorder, and effort sensor will most likely already be attached to the velcro belt supplied.
Now before you go to bed for a normal night sleep, you need to assemble and attach the components, take the nasal cannula, which measures airflow with the two prongs facing downwards like this loop the tubing over each ear, and tighten the toggle under the chin, make it snug, but not so tight that it's uncomfortable, insert the end of the nasal cannula into the recorder turning it clockwise, your healthcare provider may have already done this for you, the one remaining task is to attach the pulse oximeter device, place the index finger of either hand in the sensor, or if you're using a disposable sensor on the adhesive and wrap it around your finger as shown here, secure the line using the tape supplied, now you can attach the oximeter to the belt alongside the apnea link air recorder, if you're an active sleep you can also tape the nasal cannula tube to your cheeks, the system is now fully assembled and ready to start recording.
Start the apnea link air, pressing the on/off button for two seconds, the central green light will illuminate, it will dim automatically after 10 minutes, after a few seconds the small lights on the sides will illuminate, if any light blinks red, check that the accessory corresponding to the light is properly placed and connected, once corrected, it will switch to green after a few seconds, when all lights are green, you can go to sleep as you would normally do, the apnea link air will monitor your sleep during the night, documenting your breathing patterns and possible respiratory events.
When you wake in the morning, turn the recorder off by pressing the button for three seconds, the light will turn off, if the test-complete light goes green, you have successfully completed your overnight study, and can now return the device to your healthcare provider, if the test complete light is red, contact your healthcare provider as the test may not have been successful, press the on/off button another time until the test complete, light turns off, and return the apnea link air system to your clinician for the analysis.
The apnea link air has now recorded a wealth of data about your sleep patterns, this data is downloaded and analyzed on your clinicians computer, your clinician will be able to assess whether or not you are suffering from sleep-disordered breathing but rest assured, there are simple therapies that can be offered to treat these conditions and relieve you of the debilitating symptoms, your clinician will happily tell you more on your options.