Feel better and sleep better!

Keeping up with the maintenance of your Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine will ensure the success of your sleep apnea treatment. To get the rewarding benefits of sleep apnea therapy, you need to take care of your equipment for both your general health and the equipment’s longevity by regularly cleaning and replacing your CPAP Supplies. 

A CPAP Machine consists of a:

  • CPAP Device
  • Humidifier and Water Chamber
  • Mask
  • CPAP Tubing
  • CPAP Air Filters

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Cleaning Tips

Quality DME recommends properly cleaning your CPAP equipment regularly. 

A visual representation of a Weekly Supplies Cleaning Schedule for CPAP equipment. The schedule includes cleaning instructions for CPAP mask and cushions, tubing, and the humidifier chamber.

Since the CPAP machine is in contact with your face every night, bacteria can start to build up. Regular cleaning can help reduce the spread of germs and illnesses such as colds and infections while ensuring you breathe cleaner air. Not cleaning your machine can be harmful since unwanted bacteria/mold and dust/allergens can enter your airway and lungs. 

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Resources for additional information on cleaning your equipment:

Quality DME’s Equipment & Maintenance Guide

Philips Cleaning Tips, ResMed Cleaning Tip, American Thoracic Society Tips

Humidifier Care

A CPAP humidifier is an important accessory that helps to add moisture to the air delivered through your CPAP machine, reducing symptoms such as dry mouth, nose, and throat. By keeping the air moist, a CPAP humidifier can make your CPAP therapy more comfortable and enjoyable.

If you choose to manually wash your humidifier, rinse the tub with distilled water, mild soap and warm water. Set on a flat surface to dry away from direct sunlight.

For a deep cleanse, soak your humidifier tub in a solution of 1-part white vinegar and 1-part water for 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water after soaking.

Follow these simple steps each month and your humidifier will last you the entire lifetime of your device!

Maintenance Tips

It is essential to take regular care of your CPAP equipment. The durability of replaceable CPAP Supplies depends on your usage, cleaning, and whether the part touches your face. Be sure to check your CPAP Supplies daily for signs of wear and tear. 

Quality DME’s recommended replacement schedule: Learn More

The routinely replaced CPAP Supplies include the following: 

  • Mask Interface
    • Headgear and Frame
    • Cushions/Pillows
  • CPAP Tubing
  • CPAP Air Filters

Remember, different insurers cover the cost of CPAP Supplies on different schedules. Make sure to double-check your coverage and replacement schedule options for specific insurance plans. 

Resources for additional information on replacing your equipment:

ResMed Maintenance Tips, SleepApnea.org Maintenance Tips

Stay Healthy!

We want our patients to be the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves. Staying on top of the cleaning and maintenance of your equipment will help you sleep longer at night, feel better during the day, and help you get the most out of CPAP therapy. All it takes is a few minutes a day to keep your CPAP running smoothly for years to come! 

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