CPAP supplies are commonly available to replace the components of a prescribed CPAP machine, which is a device that blows high pressure air through tubing and into a mask that's worn on the face.
CPAP is an acronym for "continuous positive airway pressure," The machine and its related parts help obstructive sleep apnea suffers reduce health risks by keeping airways open to allow for normal breathing during the night.
CPAP components include the hose/tubing, mask, hose cover, humidifier (on many models), filter, and chin strap. The parts that need to be replaced the most often are filters, mask cushions, and tubing.
Maintaining Your CPAP Machine's Filter
A CPAP machine's filter helps to clean the air that it generates. There are several different types of CPAP filters, including disposable filters and reusable foam filters.
Disposable filters should be replaced at least every 30 days, but if somebody in your household smokes or if you have pets, you may need to replace the filter more often. If your CPAP machine uses a foam filter, replace it when it starts to fall apart, or about every three months.
Caring for Your CPAP Mask
The life expectancy of masks for CPAP machines varies depending on the model, so your best bet would be to read the manufacturer's guidelines to determine replacement timing. Your mask may feature several replaceable parts, such as a mask frame, head gear, or mask cushion.
eplace mask cushions and pillows as soon as they start to soften because once a mask loses its seal, it won’t be as effective.
To boost the lifespan of your CPAP mask, use warm water and baby shampoo to wash it and let it air dry on a daily basis. Avoid using soaps that contain lotion or lanolin to wash your mask because it could lose its seal.
Caring for Your CPAP Tubing/Hose
The tubing of a CPAP machine, which is used to connect the machine to the mask should be replaced at least every 12 months. Be sure to replace the tubing once it starts to show signs of wear and tear, such as drying and cracking on the inside lining, marks near the rubber ends, and mold or mineral deposits.
You can boost the lifespan of your CPAP tubing and prevent bacterial growth by detaching it from the machine each morning to let it air dry.