Characterized by breathing lapses that occur while sleeping, sleep apnea can be a dangerous condition. Many people with this disorder struggle with daytime fatigue, irritability, anxiety, and even depression because they are unable to get a restful night of sleep. Fortunately, treatment is available. CPAP therapy, for example, utilizes a machine to force air into the airway through a mask on the nose/mouth while the patient is sleeping. Of course, proper CPAP equipment is essential for the most effective treatment. With this guide, you will learn about a few key supplies you need for your CPAP machine.
When you first receive your CPAP machine, it will include tubing. Tubing is connected to the machine, allowing the air to move from the machine into your airway. However, the tubing is not designed to last forever and regular cleaning is required to ensure it is clean and effective.
In patients who toss and turn a lot while sleeping, tubing can become bent and damaged, so having these replacements on hand is smart.
Many medical suppliers recommend purchasing additional sets of tubing to have on hand. This allows you to replace your tubing when necessary without having to wait for a new order.
In addition to stocking up on tubing, you should order a supply of filters. Be sure to order filters that work with your specific make and model of CPAP machine.
Although there are reusable filters that can be washed and used again, disposable filters are easier to use for most patients. They are also very affordable, so stocking up on them should not be an issue.
On average, disposable filters need to be replaced every 30 days. Keep the filters stored in a plastic bag which can be closed securely. This will prevent dirt, dust, moisture, and other allergens from soaking into the filter while in storage.
Again, when you receive your CPAP machine initially, it will include a mask and headgear specifically designed for you and your sleep apnea needs. Unfortunately, the mask and headgear will not last forever even with proper maintenance, so you will need to replace it at some point in time.
Having a replacement on hand ensures you do not have to go without the proper supplies for your night's sleep. Each type of mask and headgear have their own recommendations on when they should be replaced, but they most likely should be replaced every few months. Contact a medical supplies distributor for more help.