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Like anything in the house, your CPAP machine and related devices should be consistently cleaned and taken care of. Doing this not just removes any kind of unwanted germs/dust, but it also expands the life of your equipment as well.
What You Need To Know About Your CPAP Mask and Machine
If you’ve gotten on a CPAP at home you are already knowledgeable about its benefits, so giving it a little maintenance will benefit both you and the machine. Common CPAP care issues that I have seen are:
- general wear and tear.
- dirt – these machines have tons of places where germs (yes, even microscopic ones) can hide. You need to make sure all the tubes, mask, etc are always as clean as possible to ensure that you aren’t breathing in anything bad that can make you sick later.
- watching for leaks. Hoses can wear out so be sure to replace if you encounter any holes. The same goes for the padding on a mask which needs to be fairly airtight when you are wearing it.
- keep an eye on your filters. Make sure to change out your filters as often as needed. This is the best way to make sure that you don’t encounter any airborne toxins that you could potentially breathe in. This also help makes your equipment last longer as well.
Both new and seasoned CPAP users should know how to keep their device in top shape. Here are a couple of suggestions on maintaining your machine:
- Every BiPAP consisting of the DreamStation BiPAP (one of the relied on brand names of CPAP and BiPAP devices), has an expected life span of about 5 years. The better it is maintained, the longer it must last you, but remember it still is just a machine! Take note that the majority of CPAP suppliers offer a 1-year guarantee on their machines so if you are buying a new one, consider warranties.
- Remember to replace filters at least on a monthly basis if you use it every night. You could also use the non-disposable filters are made of foam that can be quickly washed out with water and set out to dry. The re-useable type should still must be changed every 3-6 months.
- If cleaning the CPAP machine itself, make certain to only dust/wipe it down with an antibacterial cloth. Never immerse the machine in water.
- If your CPAP has a humidification chamber, it is recommended to replace the water each day as well as wash out the chamber too. Leave the chamber on a towel to dry out as well as you will certainly be all prepared for the following evening! A good morning routine to get in the habit of.
Regardless of the CPAP machine, upkeep and keeping it clean are always an important part to maintaining your machine performing at an optimum level.