How Often Should You Replace Your CPAP Accessories Canada?
One of the things that you’ll need to learn when you are first introduced to a CPAP machine is how often you should replace your CPAP accessories Canada. The regular replacement of supplies is the best way to get the most benefits out of your CPAP therapy. While it’s important to use your CPAP machine every night it’s also just as important to replace the CPAP accessories when required.
When you first get your machine you’ll be provided with information regarding how often the supplies should be replaced. While you should follow these guidelines you should also inspect the parts regularly to maximize your health benefits, comfort and the seal of the mask. It’s much like replacing a toothbrush every few months since a brush that has worn bristles just can’t clean your teeth as effectively.
The supplies that will need replacing for effective CPAP therapy include the following:
- Mask cushions
- Nasal pillows
- Machine filters
- Mask frame
- Humidifier tub
- Chin strap
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It’s recommended that you change the nasal pillows and/or the mask cushions once a month. The mask frame should be switched over once every three months while the mask headgear and chin strap should be replaced every six months.
The reason why mask cushions should be replaced more often is they tend to collect bacteria, oil and dirt from the face. When you are using CPAP masks Canada these foreign particles can be redeposited back onto the face. This can lead to skin irritation and leaks in the seal of the mask. As well, these particles can create bad odours, which may discourage you from adhering to your recommended CPAP therapy.
There are certain signs to watch for to help determine if your CPAP mask is starting to wear down, which include the following:
- Bad odours from the mask
- Facial discomfort
- Facial sores and/or redness
- The seal appears worn
- The cushions look brittle
It’s never a good idea to wait too long to replace your mask. Don’t wait until the last minute since you may end up in a situation where you can’t wear your mask until you get the chance to go out to shop for a new one or another one arrives in the mail.
Replacing the Tubing
In general, the tubing on your machine should be replaced once a year or sooner if need be. The tubing that you’re using on your machine may develop tiny holes and you may or may not be able to see them with the naked eye. Once these holes develop, they can easily compromise the amount of pressure being sent from the machine into your lungs.
It’s also important to note that pets are often drawn towards the tubing on a CPAP machine. If you have a cat, for example, its sharp claws and tiny teeth can wreak havoc on the tubes. Ask your supplier whether a tubing cover is available that will help protect the hose.
Cleaning your CPAP Equipment
Mould and bacteria can start to accumulate in different parts of the supplies. It’s important to keep all of the equipment clean to reduce the risk of getting sick. If your CPAP machine gets too dirty, you may end up becoming sick as a result. It’s vitally important to keep the parts clean and replace them as necessary.
It’s also vital to keep the water reservoir clean at all times since a dirty reservoir attracts mould and bacteria. If you breathe in these types of organisms it can possibly make you sick. These unwanted organisms also have the potential to increase other health problems you may be experiencing such as reactive airway disease, asthma or any other type of lung conditions. If you notice that any of your CPAP supplies smell mouldy, this is a clear indication that there is something on your device that isn’t clean.
The tubing on the machine should be cleaned weekly. You can use mild soap with warm water and wash the tubing by laying it down in the soapy water to clean the entire surface both inside and out. If necessary you can use a gentle brush for baby bottles to clean the inside. It’s important, however, to make sure that you don’t cut through any of the tubing material located between the coils since it is extremely fragile. Once you have cleaned it make sure that it is rinsed well and then hang it to air dry.
It’s important to note that these are just general guidelines and you may need to replace these parts more often. The best way to stretch out the use of the CPAP supplies for your machine is by washing them properly. You will have received a user guide with your mask that lets you know how each part should be cleaned. You can also contact CPAP Depot if you have lost or can’t find your user manual. We can provide you with the instructions you need to clean your mask and supplies.
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It’s important to remember when your CPAP parts need to be replaced. You should keep notes on the recommended time frames for replacements to make sure that the parts aren’t being overused. This will give you the most benefits from your treatments and ensure that everything is running efficiently.
Cleaning will give you the best odds of lengthening the amount of time required between replacing the parts including the mask. It’s crucial that you keep your machine clean and replace parts as required to make sure that you are getting the best treatment and to reduce the risk of bacteria forming.
If you have any questions at all about your CPAP machine or the supplies please feel free to contact CPAP Depot. Visit our website now at cpapdepot.ca and fill in the contact form for more details. As a leading CPAP machine Canada supplier we have the latest CPAP machines and the accessories you need to go with them.