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.
The AirFit F10.
If you are looking for a dependable and comfortable full face mask with excellent data-collection resources to ensure a solid sleep apnea treatment, ResMed’s AirFit F10 Full Face Mask is a top choice. Significant aspects of the F10 to note are: the [highlight dark=”no”]lightweight[/highlight] build of the mask, [highlight dark=”no”]easy-to-use[/highlight] and straightforward way its put together, and how [highlight dark=”no”]quiet[/highlight] it is. The mask is made for daily use and with proper care, these masks won’t experience too much untimely wear and tear. Read more about the features of the F10 down below.
Are you worried that your mask would leave unsightly marks on your forehead or cheeks?
With a weight of less than five ounces, the F10 hardly weighs you down and is 15% lighter than the market-leading compact CPAP and the design helps prevent any discomfort. This updated mask design utilizes a dual-wall Spring AirTM cushion with SoftEdgeTM headgear for simultaneous comfort on the face and around the head with increased seal cushion and slimmer straps. With proper elasticity and face seal, the F10’s contemporary design will benefit you with greater comfort.
Is taking apart things a hassle for you?
The F10 is composed of just three parts, so it’s easy to clean and put back together again. The compact three-click cushion-to-frame retention system offered on this mask also makes life so much easier by letting someone know when they’ve attached the parts together properly. There are side buttons on a quick-release elbow that guarantees easy detachment from the tubing too, in case a patient needs to take care of something and doesn’t need the hassle of taking the whole mask off.
Do you think the PAP therapy will be too loud and disruptive?
This mask allows for quiet treatment, so you can get a restful night of sleep. The F10 has venting that is circular diffused, in order to have more direct exhalation and move the air away from the patient to keep a serene sleeping situation.
Everyone can regain their quality sleep with the F10, as this mask comes in sizes of small, medium, and large and “For Her” mask sizes of: extra small, small, and medium.
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 this mask might be for you or if you have any questions at all! We are here to help you.