Walking through Your Standard Water Chamber

 

[highlight dark=”yes”]Have you ever thought about your water chamber?[/highlight]

 

The standard water chamber for the AirSense™ 10 and AirCurve™ 10 line of machines (pictured above) is one of the most integral parts of your CPAP/BiPAP machine and just like the other components of your machine – it must be regularly maintained and replaced as time goes on. Without the water chamber and humidifying properties of a CPAP machine, people will most likely experience morning dry mouth as well as dry nasal passages that could lead to irritation or inflammation. To ensure that your PAP therapy is comfortable while still being effective, humidification is key and a functioning water chamber will allow for great humidity.

[highlight dark=”no”]Do you know if you’re taking proper care of your water chamber?[/highlight]

 

Here are some cleaning guidelines:

  • It is recommended that you wash your humidifier and tubing daily in warm water, using a mild cleaning agent. Rinse those parts thoroughly with clean water and allow them to dry away from direct sunlight.
  • Once a week, inspect the water chamber for wear and deterioration.
  • Replace the water chamber if any component has cracked, become cloudy or has odd indents.
  • If you start noticing white powder or deposits in the water chamber..
    • (1) Fill the water chamber to the maximum water level mark with a mixture of one part vinegar to ten parts water.
    • (2) Soak this solution for ten minutes.
    • (3) Discard the solution and rinse the water chamber with clean water.
  • Fill your water chamber with only distilled or sterile water.
  • Do not use tap water. It may contain minerals and chemicals that can damage components of the machine.
  • It is also not recommended to use filtered water (i.e. through a Brita filter) for the same reasons.
  • Do not use: bleach, alcohol, chlorine or ammonia-based solutions; moisturising, antibacterial or glycerine based soaps; and water softening and unapproved descaling agents should also be avoided.

 

Using distilled water will lengthen the life of your water chamber and reduce mineral deposits, so always try and use distilled water as much as you can. The recommended replacement schedule for water chambers is six months per chamber, so as long as you abide by the recommended care guidelines, your water chamber should provide aid in optimal humidification for at least those six months before replacement.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]patientcare@breathemed.com[/highlight] if you have any trouble with cleaning your water chamber or replacing your water chamber! We are here to help you.

 

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The Importance of Replacing CPAP Supplies

 

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As important as dental hygiene is, how well do you take care of your CPAP equipment? For patients undergoing sleep apnea treatment, the CPAP is the most vital tool in their arsenal. One of the best things you could do for your treatment to be effective both in the long-term and short-term is replace your CPAP supplies with the recommended replacement schedule. This CPAP device is in charge of helping put air into your body – why not take care of it to prevent it from malfunctioning?

Keep in mind that different CPAP parts wear out at different times, but the recommended replacement guidelines are as follows:

Every…

15 Days: replace your nasal cushions/pillows*

(* contingent on insurance)

1 Month: get a new mask cushion (or 2) and a new filter

3 Months: get a new mask, new tubing for your CPAP machine, and a new filter

6 Months: get a new mask, new tubing for your CPAP machine, new filter, new water chamber for your machine, and new headgear

Be sure to check with your insurance provider to see if you qualify for this recommend replacement schedule for your CPAP supplies. Different insurance providers may have different standards.

BEWARE: if you see any signs of holes, tears, leakages, or discoloration on or around your mask or other machine components, replace that item as soon as possible. Properly functioning parts will provide optimal treatment, so it’s in your best interest to keep your CPAP working as smoothly as possible.

Got headgear? Replace your headgear sooner than every six months if you experience over-stretching or when the elastic is obviously worn out. Do not keep tightening overstretched elastic – that will just provoke improperly-fitting masks and potential face strain.

Besides timely replacement for your CPAP gear, be sure to always maintain the cleanliness of your devices too. The life of a mask can depend on such factors as the amount of oils secreted by the skin, the frequency of mask cleaning, and how often you use the mask. It is best to follow guidelines in each new mask user kit and follow a constant cleaning routine as suggested by mask manufacturers in order to have a mask that functions and helps you breathe properly. Always be consistent in your mask cleaning and use the recommended gentle cleaning agents to prevent accelerated deteriorating of your mask.

For your prolonged health and quality sleep, be sure to consistently replace your CPAP supplies with the recommended schedule and your sleep apnea treatment will be effective!

 

Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]patientcare@breathemed.com[/highlight] if you have any trouble with replacement or have any additional questions! We are here to help you. [/vc_column_text][boc_spacing][/vc_column][/vc_row]