Thursday, September 27, 2012

Keep your CPAP machine running like new!


A little care can go a long way to keeping your CPAP machine running and keeping your warranty current. Not changing your filters and your supplies regularly can increase the stress on your machine and shorten its life and also void your warranty. Every CPAP machine has an expected lifespan of approximately five years. Some users will find their machine lasts much longer than that, and some may have machine issues that crop up before that time.

Each CPAP machine has a machine-specific filter (or filters) that should be changed regularly. Each filter type has a different expected lifespan, but, in general, disposable (or paper) filters should be replaced twice per month, while non-disposable filters should be replaced every 3-6 months. Non-disposable filters are most often made of foam and can be washed out with water and set out to dry completely before use. Washing a foam filter may increase its lifespan, but filters should still be replaced by the six month mark.

CPAP machines don’t have to be cleaned (and should never be submerged in water) but a dusting and wipe down with a slightly damp cloth can be beneficial. Be sure to check the air intake area of the machine to remove any collected dust, and ensure that your machine is placed on a level surface with no material or curtains that could interfere with the intake area.

For more information and tips about your CPAP care visit us at  http://www.respiratorysolutions.biz/Sleep-Apnea-Education-s/1859.htm

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Why you need to clean your CPAP mask


Both new and experienced CPAP users alike may have some confusion as to the best way to clean and maintain their CPAP equipment. Each piece of equipment has different requirements and a different expected lifespan. CPAP masks generally have very delicate cushions and components that require specific cleaning techniques. We’d like to offer some general tips and little-known facts about CPAP maintenance for our CPAP users.

You’re CPAP Mask and Other Accessories

  • CPAP masks cushions are made of silicone, a very delicate and non-irritating material. And while this material is great for almost all skin types, its delicate nature means it has a limited lifespan. Most CPAP masks are made to last 3-6 months before needing to be replaced, in part or as a whole.
  • Regular mask cleaning can increase the life of your CPAP mask. Facial oils left on the cushion of your CPAP mask in the morning can cause a quicker breakdown of the delicate silicone mask cushion. Cleaning the cushion and components of your mask after each use can increase its effective usage time.
  • Masks should only be cleaned with gentle cleansers. A mild dish soap mixed in equal parts with water can be an effective, and gentle, cleaner. There are also all-natural cleaners and Citrus II CPAP Mask Wipes that are designed specifically for the delicate masks.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Universal Battery Pack for CPAP Machine’s


For those who travel and just like to get away the Universal battery Pack for CPAP and BiPAP users is the solution for you. There are three sizes that you can select. They range in hours of use from 15-20 hours to 50-55 hours depending on the one you choose. It can be used with any device (ResMed devices require an additional inverter) and is easy to use and hook up to your device. It comes with a travel case and all the connections you need no matter your device.
Battery Packs can also be used to power other devices that operate from a 12V DC Current such as portable DVD players, iPods, iPads, cell phones, laptops and more. Perfect for camping! With the addition of a sine wave inverter or a DC converter (sold separately) you can safely recharge your Battery Pack via the cigarette lighter socket of a vehicle
Here are some of the features:
  • Works with most makes & models of CPAP and Bi-Level machines. (use of an inverter or DC converter may be required)
  • Includes stylish & functional soft side carrying case, connector tips,
  • AC Charger and DC Power Cord.
  • Five stage power gauge indicates remaining usage time.
  • Standard smart chargers keep the Battery Pack topped off and ready to go as an emergency power backup during power outages.
WHAT KINDS OF BATTERIES ARE ALLOWED IN AIR TRAVEL?
Passengers can carry most consumer batteries and personal battery-powered devices onto the plane. Spare batteries must be protected from damage and short circuit. Passengers can bring two (2) larger lithium ion batteries (more than 8 grams, up to 25 grams of equivalent lithium content per battery) in their carry-on baggage. Spare lithium batteries are prohibited in checked baggage and must be with you.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fisher and Paykel’s Long-Awaited Pilairo

Fisher & Paykel Pilairo CPAP Mask

Claims of “most comfortable” are common among CPAP mask manufacturers, but “one size fits most” is a more practical aim that engineers at Fisher & Paykel (F&P) Healthcare say they have tackled in earnest. Officials at Irvine, Calif-based F&P believe the new nasal pillow mask called the Pilairo will live up to the “one size” claim, and Manar Sleiman, associate product manager, says patients will also appreciate the comfort.

THREE KEY COMPONENTS

According to Sleiman, the Pilairo air pillow seal is made of micro fine medical grade silicone, and it is .04 inches at its thinnest point. “Soft like a rose pedal,” she says.
The mask is ergonomically designed to self-inflate with CPAP flow while gently enveloping the nose. “The Pilairo provides versatility to fit a variety of nasal shapes and sizes,” says Sleiman. “It’s essentially a double seal. It is specifically designed to hover over the nose, which makes it extremely forgiving of any movement, while still maintaining a seal.”

F&P engineers say this type of design allows for one size of seal to fit most patients with no need for small, medium, or large varieties. “Sleep physicians and techs don’t have to worry about fitting the patient,” adds Sleiman. “This is the go-to mask that can self-adjust to the patient’s nose as it envelopes it.”

So-called “StretchWise” head gear material is only required for attachment, rather than stability. “Most interfaces have straps and adjustments for the head gear,” enthuses Sleiman. “Our air seal hovers over the face, so you don’t really need anything to hold it in because it’s stable. It’s a soft elasticized thread that stretches over a wide range with little change to the force applied. It’s perfect for sleep lab techs who often go in with lights out to adjust and put masks on patients. They literally do not have to turn on the light. They can put on the mask and be good to go.”

For more information about the Pilairo CPAP mask, visit http://www.respiratorysolutions.biz/Pilairo-Nasal-Pillow-Mask-with-Hea-p/400420.htm

Manar Sleiman
Associate Product Manager
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
Irvine, CA