CPAP machine and CPAP supplies should be kept clean and supplies should be replaced often to help avoid dangerous bacteria and mold.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to keep everything as clean as possible. Your CPAP Tubing, Water Chamber and CPAP mask can become a prime breeding ground for bacteria and mold.
Whatever cleaning system you use, create daily cleaning habits that will ensure your CPAP remains clean so that your CPAP therapy will be nothing but a benefit to you.
Cleaning CPAP Supplies
- If your unit is supplied with a foam filter, it must be
cleaned (rinsed with water) every week.
- If your unit has a disposable filter, it must be replaced
- Masks should be cleaned with mild soap and water every
- Tubing should be cleaned with mild soap and water every
week and allowed to air dry.
- Unit should be wiped down with a damp cloth as needed.
- Headgear should be hand or machine washed periodically.
- The humidifier, if present, should be cleaned with mild soap and water weekly. White vinegar may be used to remove deposits if you have hard water.
(1-part white vinegar/3-parts water)
Replacing Your CPAP Mask & Supplies
3 Months Replacement of Supplies
- CPAP Masks should be replaced approximately every 3-months
- Filters generally should be replaced every 3-months
- CPAP Tubing should be replaced every 3-months
- Water Chambers should be replaced when needed. Keeping your water chamber clean daily and a routine monthly cleaning with 3-parts vinegar and 1-part water solution will help extend the life of your water chamber.
CPAP Use Tips
- If nasal drying occurs, a higher adjustment of your humidifier may be recommended. The higher the setting, the more moisture you will receive. If the air becomes too warm, or if you experience condensation in your tubing, you
may want to lower your humidifier setting. Fill the humidifier with distilled water. Clean humidifier daily.
- Wash face thoroughly before each use to remove excess oils.
- Do not over-tighten the head strap. Over-tightening can irritate your face and cause damage to your mask.
- Runny Nose.
- Nasal, sinus or ear pain.
- Obstructive sleep apnea symptoms re-occur or persist.
- Light-headedness or dizziness occur.
What is my AHI?
The average number of apneas plus hypopneas per hour of sleep
Severe: greater than 30
The apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) is an index of severity that combines apneas and hypopneas. Combining them both gives an overall severity of sleep apnea including sleep disruptions and desaturations (a low level of oxygen in the blood). The apnea-hypopnea index, like the apnea index and hypopnea index, is calculated by dividing the number of apneas and hypopneas by the number of hours of sleep.
Hypoxia is defined as a reduction in airflow of 30% or more for at least 10 seconds and a reduction in oxygen saturation of 3% or greater coupled with an arousal from sleep to restart breathing.
Apnea is the complete stoppage of the airflow that occurs when the upper airway resistance in the nose and throat causes enough of a force to
close the airway or the tongue falls back and blocks the airway and completely stops the flow of air for a period of at least 10 seconds, causing a
reduction of oxygen saturation of 3% or more and an arousal from sleep to resume breathing. .
RDI - R E S P I R AT O R Y D I S T U R B A N C E I N D E X
The average number of apneas plus hypopneas plus arousals (not meeting the apnea hypopnea definitions) per hour of sleep
When either hypoxia or apnea occurs, they are scored as a respiratory disturbance event. The number of events per hour is referred to as the RDIRespiratory