Caring for Your CPAP Machine Made Easy
Like anything in the house, your CPAP machine and accessories need to be regularly cleaned and taken care of. Doing this not only eliminates any unwanted germs/dust but it also extends the life of your equipment as well.
If you’ve been on a CPAP at home you are already aware of its benefits, so giving it a little TLC will benefit both you and the machine. Common CPAP care issues:
• CPAP machines WILL degrade over time.
• CPAPs can be a breeding ground for bacteria, if not regularly cleaned. If using humidification, make sure your humidification chamber and tubing are always clean. If you aren’t sure of the cleanliness, the best bet is to order new accessories.
• CPAP masks WILL also degrade over time, this includes the cushions and headgear. If you have been noticing an increased leak in your mask, no matter how tight you adjust it, it is likely you need to replace your nasal/intranasal cushions.
• Most CPAP machines have an external filter that needs changed regularly. Not only does this eliminate any airborne particles but it will also extend the life of your machine as well.
Both-new and experienced CPAP should know how to maintain their device. Here are a few tips on maintaining your machine: CPAP Machines
• Every BiPAP including the DreamStation BiPAP (one of the trusted brands of CPAP and BiPAP machines), has an expected life span of about five years. The better it is maintained, the longer it should last you BUT remember it still is a machine! Most CPAP manufacturers offer a 1-year warranty on their machines.
• Consistent care is needed to maintain peak functionality. It is essential to clean, or if necessary, change the machine-specific filters. As per standards, the disposable filters should be replaced once every month while the non-disposable filters should be replaced once every 3-6 months.
• The non-disposable filters are made of foam that can be easily washed out with water and set out to dry completely before putting to use. These still should be replaced every 3-6 months.
• If cleaning the CPAP machine itself, make sure to only dust/wipe it down with a antibacterial cloth. Do not ever submerge the machine in water.
• If your CPAP has a humidification chamber, it is recommended to replace the water daily and rinse out the chamber as well. Place the chamber on a towel to dry out and you will be all ready for the next night!