How frequently do you replace your toothbrush? When it gets worn out or frayed, that’s when you know it’s time to get a new toothbrush, right?
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:
15 Days: replace your nasal cushions/pillows
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!
Facial oils deteriorate the sealing effect of cushions over time, even with proper hygiene. Don't tighten the headgear when you feel leaks. Over-tightening causes discomfort and pressure points, and can lead to additional leaks.
It Doesn't Fit
A mask that doesn’t fit can cause you to readjust your mask continually and/or over-tighten the headgear, which reduces how long it can work effectively. Contact your provider to get re-fitted.
When your equipment or parts don't seem to get clean no matter what, a replacement will help bring clean air into your life. Use only mild, soapy water to clean equipment and parts. Don’t use soaps with moisturizers or perfumes.
It's Damaged or Aged
If your equipment or parts are damaged or show signs of aging, it's time to replace them. These can be leakage issues, cushions that lose shape, and/or components or cushions that become cracked or torn.