Cleaning CPAP Equipment Properly
Cleaning CPAP equipment properly is an important element for effective sleep apnea therapy. Correct knowledge of upkeep and cleaning a device is key to CPAP treatment. During the initial use of a CPAP machine, there is often information overload. While learning about the diagnosis, a type of equipment is either prescribed or suggested. After all items are acquired it is essential to understanding the importance of cleaning CPAP equipment properly.
The time required for the following instructions takes less than one hour.
Cleaning CPAP Equipment Properly Instructions:
1. First unplug your CPAP machine from the power source. This is to avoid the possibility of electrical shock.
2. Disconnect your mask from the CPAP tubing. Remove the headgear from the mask and any other pieces that are easily detachable. For a quick mask cleaning rememdy respshop.com carries easy to use CPAP Mask Cleansing Wipes.
3. Separate the CPAP tubing from the humidifier or the machine if it directly connects.
4. Remove the humidifier or water chamber from the CPAP machine.
5. Using a damp soft cloth with warm water. Lightly wipe down the outside of the CPAP machine.
6. Add a small amount of nonabrasive dish soap to a small tub or sink full of water.
7. Fully submerge the connectors, tubing, headgear and mask into the water. While allowing the other items to soak, gently rub down all items. Next, allow the soapy water to run through the tubing. Then let the items soak for 25 – 30 minutes.
8. Rinse thoroughly and place items on a clean towel and let them air dry. Remember these items should be washed this way daily.
9. The water chamber or humidifier should also be cleaned with a mild soap and hot water weekly. Make sure to rinse thoroughly. After allowing your chamber or humidifier to air dry, be sure to only use distilled water. This is very important in order to avoid the risk of illness and the build-up of hard minerals within the humidifier.
10. Check your CPAP machine instructions for filter replacement, most of the newer equipment has a washable pollen filter and a disposable filter. It is recommended that these disposable filters be replaced at least every 3 months.
11. Be sure that all equipment has been given enough time air dry, then reassemble the machine parts. Replace the headgear to your mask and connect the mask to your tubing and connect the tubing directly back to the humidifier or directly to the CPAP machine. Once all the equipment is connected, briefly turn the machine on and attempt to detect any air leaks that you weren’t previously aware of.
12. If you are having issues with your sleep apnea, please immediately consult your doctor. If you believe your CPAP machine is malfunctioning make sure to contact your machines provider or manufacturer for any possible repairs.
Cleaning CPAP Equipment Properly Tips:
1. An important step to CPAP therapy, is to keep the equipment clean. This will help prevent bacteria, mold and hard mineral build within the equipment.
2. If you are noticing or experiencing sickness make sure to thoroughly clean you equipment and be sure to do so more often.
3. Be sure to follow any instructions given by your medical provider on cleaning and maintenance.
4. Use only gentle soap on your equipment. Avoid any perfumes or abrasive cleaning solutions on your equipment. Using soaps with dyes or perfumes can irritate your lungs and can possibly cause sickness. Also remember to only use distilled water in your humidifier. These can irritate your lungs and make you sick. The humidifier must only contain distilled water.
5. Most equipment is not made to be dishwasher safe. Be sure to check the specifics of each item before attempting to cleaning CPAP equipment properly.
Items Needed for Cleaning CPAP Equipment Properly:
• CPAP equipment (includes CPAP machine, mask, headgear, tubing & humidifier)
• Small tub or sink full of warm water
• Mild dish soap (antibacterial is preferred)
• Towel and soft cloth