bunnypoo wrote:I'm only one week in but my respiratory therapist was very adamant about putting my machine at mattress level or below. I assume it was for condensation.
Yeah...that's pretty much why. Having the machine lower can let gravity help out if any moisture collects in the hose.
Though with some of these machines and the way the hose attaches the humidifier I have found that gravity runs into some roadblocks.
I had that happen a couple of weeks ago with a new machine that I didn't have a heated hose for and I got some nasty condensation in the hose and even holding the hose totally vertical didn't eliminate the problem because of the way the hose attaches to the humidifier. It just wouldn't drain completely.
The other reason for lower is mainly safety. Sometimes these machines get pulled off the table and can come crashing down and if your head is in the way it might cause a problem with head, face or eye injury.
So the machines can be placed higher if someone wants to just as long as the chances of condensation are slim (heated hose will pretty much fix that) and the machine is secured so that it is unlikely to fall and hit a person in the head.
In terms of function though. The machine can be place anywhere a person wants to place and it not affect the actual function of the machine.