Thursday, August 30, 2012

New CPAP full face mask is a winner, Fits 95% of all patients


It’s the mask you’ve been asking for from Philips Respironics: a full-face mask that is smaller, lighter, and easy to use. The Amara full-face mask is all that and more. It has a minimalist design that looks and feels smaller, lighter, and less intimidating because it is. In fact, Amara is smaller and lighter than leading traditional full-face masks.
 It’s 20% lighter and has 60% fewer parts than the leading full-face mask--helping to make this mask easy to use, easy to maintain, and easy to live with.
 Amara is proven to fit 95% of patients’ faces. And easily. With one simple click, any size cushion snaps into one mask frame. Its sophisticated yet simple design makes disassembly and reassembly for cleaning easier than ever.
 Amara’s truly innovative design is just one more example of how Philips Respironics is working with you as an ally in better sleep and breathing.
Cleaning your mask every day is a very important part of mask maintenance. All of our masks can be cleaned in the same manner. Here are three easy steps to keeping a clean mask:


  1. For best results, the mask should be disassembled per the Instructions for Use. Wash the mask components in warm water with mild soap and air dry. Avoid soap with moisturizers. Do not use bleach, alcohol, or cleaning solutions containing alcohol.
  2. Wash your face thoroughly before using your mask.
  3. Inspect your mask. Replace the mask if the cushion becomes hardened or if any parts become damaged.

 Even by following these tips, the natural oils in your face will interact with the mask, and, over time, the mask will lose its seal. Tightening the mask will often cause irritation, pressure sores, and additional leaks. Replace the cushion or mask instead of tightening repeatedly. Medicare allows masks to be replaced as often as every three months; most other insurance payers allow for replacement every three to six months. As an informed healthcare consumer, you should be aware of the mask replacement benefits under your healthcare plan. If your plan does not meet your mask replacement needs, talk to your home healthcare provider.