CPAP sleep apnea machine for sale. Used once

Ernest Hemmingway is often credited with having written a 6 word novel. It goes like this… For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn. Legend has it that Ernest Hemmingway was at lunch with a few writer friends he bets the table ten dollars each that he can craft an entire story in six words. After the pot is assembled, Hemingway writes “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” on a napkin, passes this around the table, and collects his winnings.

This morning I was poking around on the internet and I saw a 23 word essay on sleep therapy it was published on Craigslist.

CPAP sleep apnea machine for sale. Used once. I don’t have sleep apnea and need to sell. Paid $2400 asking $900. Call Amy

It got my attention because we spend so much time working with patients and helping them understand their condition; only to have the entire sleep therapy experience determined by a single night with CPAP. A device, which by Amy’s estimation cured her Apnea in a single night of use. Based on that claim alone you would expect she could charge a premium for the CPAP instead of losing $1500 on the deal. Sadly this is a story we hear all too often.

Patient compliance has been shown to be a direct result of education and relationship with the clinical team that sets up the CPAP and manages patient care. I hope Amy shares her essay with the clinical team that set her up initially. I suspect that they would have some additional advice, tips and tricks to help with compliance. I expect however that the clinical team will never get a chance to have the conversation.

Bradley Eli DMD, MS

Bradley Eli DMD, MS

Dr. Brad Eli is a nationally recognized leader in pain management and sleep disorders treatment. He has developed a multi-disciplinary approach to treat acute and chronic orofacial pain including migraines, stress and tension headaches, myofascial pain, neuralgia, temporomandibular disorders (TMD), Sleep Bruxism, and head and neck injuries. Refined techniques include behavior modification, psychology, physical medicine, and anesthesiology. His expertise in sleep led him to develop a patient centered method that offers a variety of sleep treatment options and matches each patient with the best treatment for their symptoms and life style. Dr. Eli understands how much chronic/acute pain can limit and negatively impact a person’s life, so he is tenacious about finding whatever is the right method is to help a patient so they can not only live a better life, but they can wake up knowing their day isn’t going to be defined by their pain. Dr Eli earned a post-doctoral master’s Degree at UCLA where he received advanced training in the field of orofacial pain and the treatment of sleep disordered breathing. He remains the only specialist with this unique skill set in the San Diego region. He is a member of and teaches for numerous professional associations including the American Headache Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He maintains offices in San Diego county, where he is on the staff at both Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla and Encinitas, Tri-City Medical Center, and Palomar Medical Center. Dr. Eli is the first specialist of this type in San Diego and works with multiple insurance plans, including Medicare and Tricare.

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