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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
- CPAP Tubing
- CPAP Air Filters
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Quality DME recommends properly cleaning your CPAP equipment regularly.
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
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.
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The routinely replaced CPAP Supplies include the following:
- Mask Interface
- Headgear and Frame
- 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
COVID-19 and Sleep Apnea
If you do have a cold or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, it is vital that you still treat your sleep apnea using your CPAP machine. Use as directed to help you get a good night’s sleep. Proper rest can help boost your immune system’s function and help to fight off the infection.
Consult with your healthcare provider if you’re experiencing severe symptoms, and seek further medical advice. While you have an active infection, clean your equipment daily to sanitize your CPAP Machine and Supplies. A more rigorous cleaning schedule can help reduce the risk of re-infection or prolonged illness.
Resources for additional information on COVID-19 and your equipment:
ResMed FAQ, American Academy of Sleep Medicine FAQ, American Thoracic Society Tips
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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