Each CPAP device has an expected life span of up to five years. Some users will see that their devices are working much longer for a longer period of time. The key point here is that cleaning and maintenance are done properly.
Each brand CPAP device has one or more filters that must be changed at regular intervals. The expected life of each filter type may vary, but generally single-use (or paper) filters should be replaced once a month, and non-disposable filters should be replaced every 3-6 months.
Non-disposable filters are generally made of some kind of foam and these filters can be re-used after being cleaned with water and thoroughly dried. Washing these filters will increase the service life, but they must be replaced at least every six months.
CPAP devices do not need to be cleaned, but it is recommended to wipe with a slightly damp cloth to remove dust. Do not forget to check the air inlet to the device against dust accumulation.
Never immerse the appliance in water.
Protect your device from direct sunlight.
Humidifiers may be integrated into the CPAP device or may be separate. No matter what type of humidifier, there is a part of the humidifier that requires proper maintenance and cleaning.
In order to use your humidifier in the most healthy way, carefully follow the instructions for use and always use clean carboy water. Minerals and chemicals in the tap water can damage the humidifier water tank.
Regular cleaning of the humidifier water tank is a must. After each use, drain the water, clean with a mild soap and water mixture and rinse thoroughly.
It is useful to disinfect the humidifier water tank every two weeks. For this purpose, immerse in a 1/5 vinegar / water mixture and leave for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly and dry. If your humidifier is indicated for use in the dishwasher in the operating instructions, you can also do so in accordance with the instructions.
The humidifier water reservoirs also have a certain useful life, which is usually no more than six months. Check the manufacturer's instructions for this.
RECOMMENDATION: When you are sick, cleaning your mask, hose, humidifier and filters every day as long as your cold, flu or viral symptoms persist, will help your disease not to grow longer.
The sleep test is used to assess sleep apnea findings and to diagnose sleep disorders. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by a period of time during which the breathing stops for a while and continues again. Symptoms of sleep apnea;
The sleep test is also used to diagnose other sleep disorders.
The national heart, lung and blood institute warns that untreated sleep disorders increase the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke.