Best way to start PAP therapy off on the right foot? Use our respiratory therapists. What respiratory therapists do:
- Call you to follow up on therapy regularly
- Work with you to achieve CPAP compliance
- Giving advice on cleaning
- Provide 1-on-1 setups of your equipment in your home.
Once the one-on-one setups are done and you settle into PAP therapy, there will be time within your therapy that we will check up on your progress. As these first few months of PAP therapy wear on, our CPAP coaches and CPAP success coordinators will be here as a pillar of your support system.
Our team will reach out to you regularly to share with you how your progressing and to review your therapy.
Our staff is here for you!!
Respiratory Therapists Are Your Coaches
Best way to start PAP therapy off on the right foot? Use our respiratory therapists.
What respiratory therapists do:
- Calling up to follow up on therapy every 3, 14, 30, 60, 90 days
- Checking compliance
- Giving advice on cleaning
- Exchanging faulty equipment
- Facilitating machine or equipment exchanges for a better fitting mask or newer machine
Once the one-on-one setups are done and the patient settles into PAP therapy, there will be particular moments that Breathe Medical’s respiratory therapists will check up on a patient’s progress.
As these first few months of PAP therapy wear on, our respiratory therapists will be here as a pillar of your support system. Patients can contact a respiratory therapist via phone (866-535-2727) or email (RT@breathemed.com) and get direct advice or encouragement if anything comes up.
Our respiratory therapists will also reach out to patients after the following periods of time have elapsed:
- 3 days
- 14 days
- 1 month
- 60 days
- 90 days
If anything abnormal occurs within these time periods, our respiratory therapist will contact you and advise you on the best way to proceed. For example, if there are issues with dry mouths or throats, a suggestion might be to change tubing to one that carries humidified air.
Mask & Equipment Exchanges
If the patient would like to switch mask types, the respiratory therapists will be the first point of contact for that matter. Whether or not the patient has difficulty with therapy due to mask discomfort can be resolved with the help of a respiratory therapist.
Another aspect of support is exchanging faulty machines or malfunctioning pieces of PAP therapy equipment. If a patient suddenly discovers a hole in their mask or tubing before the re-supply date arrives, they can always call our respiratory therapists for new equipment.
Also, our respiratory therapists will remind patients the best way to clean their equipment is on a weekly and daily schedule. Your equipment will only be at optimal levels if patients clean it. Only mild detergent or soap can be used. Do not leave equipment drying directly in the sun either.
Whether a patient needs to go through troubleshooting, exchange some equipment, or get tidbits of advice about cleaning, our respiratory therapists are here for you.
Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]email@example.com[/highlight] if you want to talk to an RT about your PAP therapy!
Could you imagine starting a new therapy with no hands-on guidance?
It would be so difficult to learn the intricacies of something this foreign without the step-by-step direction from a professional. This is why Breathe Medical, first and foremost, takes patient care and PAP therapy seriously and provides an excellent support system with patients and respiratory therapists.
Respiratory therapist setups are one-on-one directly with the patient, usually in a patient’s home, in order to familiarize the patient with the entire PAP therapy setup that they need to get used to. A one-on-one setup covers the following topics:
- What Sleep Apnea & AHI Is
- Type of PAP Therapy & Usage
- Mask Types
- Patient Mask Preference
- Taking Care of Your Equipment
- Cleaning Schedule
- Replacing Supplies
What is Sleep Apnea & AHI?
For most people, sleep apnea doesn’t mean much besides snoring during sleep. However, ignoring the signs or symptoms of snoring, daytime drowsiness, or restless sleep can lead to serious long-term consequences. The respiratory therapist will dive into the potential consequences of untreated sleep apnea and how patient can combat the negative consequences. The goal of giving patients a better night of sleep will also be measured with AHI.
AHI (apnea-hypopnea index) is represented by the number of apnea and hypopnea events per hour of sleep – basically, whenever your breathing stops or slows down to abnormal levels all adds up to AHI levels that can range from nearly zero to severe. The lower the AHI, the better the patient’s circumstances will be.
- 0 – 4: Normal
- 5 – 14: Mild
- 15 – 29: Moderate
- Greater than or Equal to 30: Severe
Types of PAP Therapy & Usage
The most common machine dispensed for obstructive sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. A BiPap machine may also be dispensed for obstructive sleep apnea if the patient is unable to tolerate CPAP therapy. An ASV machine is dispensed for central and complex sleep apnea.
The goal is to have the patient use their machine at least 6-8 hours per night. Continuous usage at 6-8 hours per night is the only way someone will see positive PAP therapy results.
The machines and equipment are all designed with a patient’s comfort and treatment in mind, so the respiratory therapist will guide everyone through the useful features and cloud technology that comes with modern CPAP machines. Notable features of PAP therapy machines include:
- Heated Humidifier
- Wireless Modem for compliance and MyAir/Dream Mapper Reports
- Auto Ramp/Ramp Features
- Run Mask Fit Test
- Airplane Mode
Mask Type & Preference
The entire setup will take about 1 hour. The respiratory therapist will begin with a series of questions to help determine the type of mask that will best suit the patient.
Once the type of mask has been chosen, the respiratory therapist will guide each patient through assembly and disassembly of the machine and equipment. One of the most important aspects of effective PAP therapy is cleaning the equipment for optimal functionality, so the RT will go through daily and weekly cleaning guidelines.
- Wipe down the mask with a damp towel, submerge it in a mild detergent and warm water to remove any debris, oil, or sweat that could prevent a good seal, then wipe it with a clean towel and let it air-dry.
- For your water chamber, empty any leftover water each morning and refill it with more distilled water to keep your humidifier fresh and prevent any mineral buildup.
- If you’re sick, clean your equipment DAILY to eliminate the germs.
- Wash your water chamber in the sink with mild soapy water and let it air-day before putting it back on the machine.
- Use ammonia-free mild detergent to get rid of dust, bacteria, and any other germs from tubing, mask, and headgear by submerging them in a mild detergent and warm water for 5 minutes. Thoroughly rinse the equipment before letting it air-dry and hanging the tubing to let all the excess water out.
- Do not place your equipment in direct sunlight to avoid accelerated deterioration of the equipment.
- Be sure to make cleaning a regular part of your morning to give enough time for your equipment to air-dry before bedtime!
Replacing Your Supplies
The most vital aspect of effective PAP therapy is replacing the equipment before the wear and tear prevents optimum treatment in your nightly usage goals. The usual replacement guideline will be the following:
Every 1 Month:
- Mask Cushion
Every 3 Months:
- Mask & Headgear
- CPAP Tubing
Every 6 Months:
- Mask & Headgear
- CPAP Tubing
- Water Chamber
Bottom Line: We want to make sure you are fully equipped to start your PAP therapy off on the right foot, so these one-on-one respiratory therapist setups are solely for the patients to benefit from a solid PAP therapy foundation with a knowledgeable professional.
You’ve tried the full face mask.
You’ve tried the pillows mask.
Somehow, these masks just weren’t right for you. How about trying something in between the coverage of the full face mask and the slimness of the pillows mask? Take a look at the ResMed AirFit N10 nasal mask to see if this might be the perfect companion for your PAP therapy journey!
With masks of the For Him and For Her variety (see above for the For Him version and see the For Her version below), there will be a perfect nasal mask for every patient seeking the comfort and unobtrusiveness of the nasal mask.
A Closer Look
As you can see right off the bat, the unique under-eye frame allows patients to have a clear line of sight for uninterrupted daily routines – feel free to read, wear glasses, or move around without fearing the mask will be too tight or slip off. Your need to move around without the hindrance of a tight mask or uncomfortable straps on your face. Do not feel obligated to tolerate discomfort in your PAP therapy. If your discomfort persists and you cannot adjust your mask well enough to achieve some level of comfort, it might be time to switch to a different mask.
The N10 Nasal Mask even has slimmed down straps for increased comfort and less facial strain for a superior wearer experience. Another aspect of the mask that should be touched on is the presence of a SpringAirTM dual-wall cushion that gives an increased seal and comfort all throughout the night in order for a peak PAP therapy experience. Light and durable flexi-tubing in the frame permits patients’ full movement without losing a good seal, so patients do not have to worry at all about the mask slipping off or being too constricting.
EasyClick self-aligning SoftEdgeTM headgear clips are also a straightforward feature that makes this mask stand out is being so quick to take on or off. The magnetic clips allow for very great ease in taking the mask on and off and struggling to get a mask off your face will not be a challenge in your nightly routine anymore.
The weight of this N10 nasal mask will not even be an issue in your sleep either. At a weight of less than 3 ounces, you will not be weighed down at all with this mask during slumber. If you’re concerned about the noise that this mask might emit – do not worry. The N10 nasal mask contains venting that is circular diffused in order to keep exhalation air away from your partner and maintain a serene sleep environment.
With its small number of parts and key-clip connecting the cushion to frame, cleaning and reassembling are not a hassle at all and the immensely quiet environment of this N10 nasal mask will allow each patient an effective and comfortable PAP therapy experience each night.
Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]firstname.lastname@example.org[/highlight] if you have any additional questions about the ResMed AirFit N10 Nasal Mask! We are here to help you.
Need to Clean Your CPAP?
Don’t put it off until tomorrow. Procrastination and PAP Therapy do NOT go together.
- Make a schedule.
- Be consistent.
- Mild detergent only.
- Always air dry.
- No excuses!
How often do you forget to do something?
If you’re one of the many people who are just overwhelmed in the day and lose track of all the tasks you have to complete in a 24-hour period, take a gander at these tips listed above for the best ways to at least get your PAP therapy! We’ll elaborate on each of the steps below.
[wp-svg-icons icon=”pencil-2″ wrap=”span”] Make a schedule.
Getting these cleaning tasks down on paper or a calendar will get you to a point where cleaning your equipment is like second nature. You won’t even wonder: “When do I clean my water chamber again? Oh, it’s my daily 7am activity to change out the distilled water and clean the chamber with mild detergent – it’s right there on my calendar.”
“Did I already wash my tubing with mild detergent and let it air dry? Oh, there’s that phone reminder to do that! Let me get to it.”
“Let me check what’s on my scheduler today – oh, I still need to wipe down my mask with a damp towel, submerge it in mild detergent and warm water, then wipe it with a clean towel and let it air-dry before I use my machine tonight.”
[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”span”] Be consistent.
Being consistent is one of the best things you can do for your PAP therapy to be effective. Effective results require a dedication to consistency that is the only way to achieve real progress! Think of an exercise program or new healthy lifestyle – you wouldn’t just exercise once a week, would you? It’s the same idea with your PAP therapy.
If you want to get better sleep, you have to keep up the therapy in order to get your body used to these pieces of equipment for the ultimate goal of more quality sleep, so consistency in your therapy is key to accomplishing your longterm goals of better health of yourself and happiness of those around you.
[wp-svg-icons icon=”pushpin” wrap=”span”] Mild detergent only.
When you clean your equipment, using harsh soaps will deteriorate your gear at a much more rapid rate than necessary!
Only use mild detergents as recommended by the manufacturer and your gear will last as long as you are gently cleaning and taking care of it on a regular basis. If you are not sure if your detergent is mild enough, definitely do not hesitate to give your equipment manufacturer a call or even contact our respiratory therapists to ask for suggestions or advice.
[wp-svg-icons icon=”spinner-5″ wrap=”span”] Always air dry.
Setting your equipment in the sun is not a wise choice for longterm equipment usage.
The sunlight is usually to harsh for direct exposure with any of your PAP therapy equipment, so be sure to keep your equipment out of the sun when it needs to air dry and check on it periodically if there are windows in the room that might cast sunlight directly onto the drying equipment. While air-drying, be sure to also hang your tubing to ensure that all the excess water drains out.
[wp-svg-icons icon=”wink” wrap=”i”] No excuses.
No excuses for skipping out on your PAP therapy! Your CPAP wants you to use it, clean it, and get better sleep with it – is that such a tall order? Not at all. With your loved ones around you and Breathe Medical behind you, we know you can give the consistency and dedication for successful sleep apnea treatment.
Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]email@example.com[/highlight] if you have any additional questions about cleaning your equipment! We are here to help you.
As highlighted in a recent article (“Sleep Apnea Affecting Young Kids”), children can experience sleep apnea.
Does your child experience any of the following during the night?
- Snoring loudly on a regular basis.
- Pausing, gasping or snorting to show being short of breath.
- Being restless or sleeping in abnormal positions.
- Sweating a lot during sleep.
Does your child experience any of the following during the daytime?
- Social or behavioral issues.
- Low energy level during the day.
- Headaches. Especially in the morning.
- Mood swings or being irritable or aggressive.
- Falling asleep during odd times.
If you see your child experiencing any of these things, it might be necessary to consult a medical professional to see if sleep apnea is in your child’s life.
Nemours Pediatric Pulmonary sleep doctor, Chris Makris:
“…2 to 4% of children have sleep apnea.”
If your child complains of being tired even though they’ve gotten a full night of sleep, they may be indirectly telling you that sleep apnea is in their life. Just be sure to get a medical professional’s opinion on the matter.
According to Makris, some children can get sleep apnea during the infant stage, but many are more likely to get it during the toddler or teenager stage. There are masks for PAP therapy machines and all ages, so be sure to look into all the different mask options for your child.
Once your child can sleep better, they are much more likely to do better in school due to increased alertness and higher cognizant levels during the daytime hours. Do not worry about discomfort during sleep because the right mask will give your child the restful sleep he or she needs to be successful in daytime activities.
Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]firstname.lastname@example.org[/highlight] if you have any additional questions about sleep apnea! We are here to help you.
The AirSense 10 CPAP Machine.
Not sure which machine to start with in your new sleep apnea treatment?
ResMed’s AirSense 10 CPAP is a solid introductory machine that shares the stability of all the AirSense line through advanced data integration allowing for 24/7 data tracking and patient monitoring. This data collection software is called myAir software allows everyone involved in the treatment (whether it’s the patient or the respiratory therapist) to be able to pinpoint any abnormalities during sleep. Besides the [highlight dark=”no”]software capabilities[/highlight] of the AirSense 10, the machine itself has been designed to be [highlight dark=”no”]easy-to-use[/highlight] and as [highlight dark=”no”]unobtrusive[/highlight] as possible.
[wp-svg-icons icon=”spinner-5″ wrap=”span”] No need to worry about dry air invading your system – the AirSense 10 is equipped with a humidifier integrated into the system for more streamlined temperature and humidity settings (including automatic climate control).
[wp-svg-icons icon=”laptop” wrap=”span”] Don’t worry about straining your neck to see the machine at night either – there is an angled LCD screen for easy bedside viewing and the machine’s ambient light sensor employs a backlight that won’t disturb you or your bed partner.
[wp-svg-icons icon=”volume-decrease” wrap=”span”] Will the machine’s noises cause you to stay up? Not at all. There is a Quiet Easy-Breathe(TM) motor in the AirSense 10 that allows for a peaceful sleeping environment. With Easy-Breathe devices being up to 90% quieter than any other PAP flow generators on the market, rest assured that your AirSense 10 CPAP machine will not be a disruption in the slightest.
To summarize, the key functions of the AirSense 10 CPAP are as follows: [tooltip title=”Initial low air pressure delivery leading into slumber and gradually increasing pressure to the prescribed level for each patient.”]AutoRamp with Sleep Onset Detection*[/tooltip], Climate Control with the option for Enhance Climate Control Auto, [tooltip title=”Decreases patient’s pressure during exhalation on breath-by-breath basis to promote comfort, therapy compliance and smoother breathing during treatment.”]Expiratory Pressure Relief*[/tooltip], [tooltip title=”Automatic device power-on by breathing into a mask and automatic shut-off when removing mask”]Smart Start*[/tooltip], and the built-in wireless connectivity with myAir.
*Hover over for further details on these features.
Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]email@example.com[/highlight] if you think this machine might be for you or if you have any questions at all! We are here to help you.
What are some PAP therapy benefits you should expect after being set up?
The PAP therapy benefits range from short-term results to long-term gains, but one thing is for certain: [highlight dark=”no”]you will feel BETTER[/highlight]. It may not happen immediately after you are set up on the new equipment, but with some time and effort, you’ll be feeling more refreshed and hardly believe how you even endured life without PAP therapy to combat your sleep apnea.
The daily fatigue or headaches you might have had to suffer through will gradually disappear, once you get used to the PAP therapy treatment and earnestly put in the time and effort to try and become accustomed to the machine or equipment. Besides feeling more awake with potentially fewer instances of getting up during the night and less snoring, you will have a much more restful demeanor overall.
The taxing effects of sleep deprivation might be felt through lapses in memory loss, mood swings, or learning difficulties, but once the PAP therapy starts to become a part of your daily routine, you’ll feel much more ready to tackle any daytime activity that you may have once deemed too draining or you didn’t have the level of concentration for it – due to the mental fatigue sleep deprivation has built up over time. Your mind won’t feel “clouded” or “foggy” anymore once you start getting back to the quality sleep your body needs.
With the increased level of restful sleep, your family and friends should start noticing a more alert you! Instead of maybe an irritable, perpetually tired, moody father or spouse, you’re feeling better overall and that gets reflected positively in your surrounding peers too. The snoring your loved one tolerates is also subsiding, so he or she is probably very excited to be able to sleep in a relatively quiet environment again.
To ensure that you receive all these benefits from your PAP therapy, the key things to do after you’ve gone through setup are:
- Seek out help from Breathe Medical’s respiratory therapists if you have any concerns or questions
- Use your PAP therapy machine [highlight dark=”yes”]at least 6 hours per night[/highlight] in order to get accustomed to your mask and have a chance for the PAP therapy to work
- Take note of Breathe Medical’s respiratory therapist check-in calls or emails to ask about any abnormalities that may be occurring during the PAP therapy nightly usage
Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]firstname.lastname@example.org[/highlight] if you think your PAP therapy isn’t helping you to the fullest extent or if you have any additional concerns or questions! We are here to help you.
The unforeseen death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia earlier in February was a shock to many and theories as to why he may have passed at age 79 started to develop soon after the news broke. One of the guesses discussed in an article at the Huffington Post (“Questions about the Death of Justice Scalia“) and an article at the Washington Post (“Why those Conspiracy Theories about Antonin Scalia’s Death Don’t Add Up“) suggests [highlight dark=”yes”]sleep apnea[/highlight] might have played a significant factor in the eventual health deterioration of Justice Scalia.
Even though there is still speculation on the true cause of death for Justice Scalia, the notion that sleep apnea may have played a role in the eventual cessation of his health is important to expound on. Scalia was an older man with a large neck circumference due to the extra weight on his frame, so the likelihood that the extra pressure around his neck and airway would cause trouble during sleep is not too hard to believe.
There are no solid affirmations that Scalia suffered from sleep apnea, but with his physical attributes and physician statements, it is highly likely he was a viable candidate for sleep apnea. According to the LA Times, Scalia’s physician stated Scalia had heart problems, high blood pressure and was recently deemed too weak to undergo shoulder surgery, so it may even be a combination of natural causes and sleep apnea that were what ultimately caused the untimely death of Justice Scalia. However, we’ll just focus on the dangers of sleep apnea here.
Could sleep apnea cause death?
This may or may not be one of those cases, but sleep apnea does close off one’s airway to prevent oxygen from coming through. Oxygen needs to keep flowing in and out of airways to keep the body at stable levels and proper function. Repeated nights sleep apnea can cause oxygen desaturation in the body, which can lead to serious heart problems, high blood pressure and mind-numbing fatigue – both physical and mental – just to name a few potential consequences of this ailment that many people overlook.
What are the chances Scalia suffered from sleep apnea?
There is a high probability that Scalia suffered from sleep apnea, but the HuffPo article notes that there was nothing showing that he had treatment for sleep apnea at the time of his death. Now, if he knew that he had sleep apnea and didn’t treat it – that’s one thing, but if he wasn’t aware at all about sleep apnea and just ignored any snoring or daytime fatigue by never checking out the status of his health – that is a little more alarming.
With the presence of his heart problems and high blood pressure combined with his physical traits (being overweight with a large neck), he may have knowingly or unknowingly been gradually killing himself by not seeking treatment. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, the deterioration of sleep quality that develops with sleep apnea can lead to changes in stress hormone levels, weight fluctuation, accelerated aging, and the high blood pressure caused by sub-par levels of oxygen may even lead to a change in blood vessel regulation.
Is it possible to prevent fatal outcomes of sleep apnea?
The best way to prevent sleep apnea is to maintain a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle to prevent any airway blockage potential during sleep. If you or your loved one is snoring, go to your personal physician as soon as possible to get it checked out. Ensure that a sleep study is performed to accurately evaluate if sleep apnea is afflicting you or your loved one.
[highlight dark=”yes”]Although the cause of death for Scalia has yet to be determined, whether or not sleep apnea played a part in health should compel everyone to look at sleep apnea through a more serious lens. Health needs to be a priority in life – even if you’re in as powerful a position as Scalia was.[/highlight]
Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]email@example.com[/highlight] if you think sleep apnea might be affecting you or if you have any questions about PAP therapy supplies. We are here to help you.
When you think of Valentine’s Day, what comes to mind?
Bouquets of expensive roses, chocolates stuffed into heart-shaped boxes, or overwhelming shades of red assaulting your eyes? That’s what might come to mind for most people, but how about we look at why you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day in the first place! Your special someone is the person you want to celebrate and let him or her know that they’re one of the most important people in your life. Besides giving them material gifts, why not give them one of the most invaluable gifts of all – quality sleep for a healthier life?
What’s more important than quality sleep and a healthy lifestyle?
[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-checked” wrap=”span”] If you or your loved one has sleep apnea or you suspect someone might have it, the best gift for Valentine’s Day is to consult a medical professional for an initial sleep apnea diagnosis through a trusted sleep study. If tests show that they have mild to severe sleep apnea, you’ll be referred to a “DME” (accredited durable medical equipment provider) which is where Breathe Medical comes in. We’ll be one of the most important pillars in your support system throughout this sleep apnea treatment and we will guide you through [highlight dark=”no”]mask and machine selection[/highlight], [highlight dark=”no”]usage[/highlight], [highlight dark=”no”]upkeep[/highlight], and [highlight dark=”no”]compliance[/highlight].
It’s going to be your proactive self that initially seeks out help for sleep apnea, but with our team of dedicated patient care coordinators and respiratory therapists, you will be laying the strongest foundation for quality sleep to propel you into a healthier life where you’ll be with your loved one longer than if you ignored the signs of sleep apnea.
Beware: Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Consult your medical profession first if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Snoring, headaches, shortness of breath, abnormally dry mouth, mood swings or irritability, difficulty concentrating or memory loss, abnormal levels of fatigue (mental and physical), learning difficulties, or sexual dysfunction.
- Different people may exhibit different symptoms.
- The important thing is to seek treatment immediately.
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Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]firstname.lastname@example.org[/highlight] if you think sleep apnea might be affecting you or if you have any questions about PAP therapy supplies! We are here to help you.
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