Are you properly taking care of your CPAP equipment? Take this quiz to find out!
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is considered to be one of the highly effective treatments for those diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. With the proper equipment and its consistent use, it can greatly reduce the risk of sleep apnea.
You should know by now that your CPAP mask, mask cushions, tubing, and other supplies need to be replaced according to their different life spans. Furthermore, you should know how to take care of your CPAP equipment so that you get the most out of your therapy.
1. You do not need to replace your machine after 5 years of using it. True or false?
The answer is FALSE. When it comes to CPAP machines, these typically last 3 to 5 years. It is important to pay attention to the little things your device does during your sleep therapy. Continuing to use a broken or old CPAP machine can greatly affect the quality of your sleep therapy. Not only will this prevent you from reducing sleep apnea symptoms, but it can also have adverse effects.
The answer (yet again) is FALSE. If there is one thing you should know about your CPAP equipment is that they have their own lifespans. CPAP masks must be changed after 3 to 6 months. Failure to replace your mask when needed would lead to numerous health complications and could even tamper the quality of your CPAP therapy.
The answer is TRUE. Since you use your CPAP masks every night, it is important to wash them daily.
4. Your CPAP equipment is dishwasher-friendly. True or false?
The answer is FALSE. However, there are some parts that are dishwasher-friendly. Each part of your CPAP setup is subjected to its own way of cleaning, as well as the frequency of cleaning.
5. It’s not safe and more effective to use bleach to clean the accessories. True or false?
The answer is TRUE. Many CPAP users use vinegar and bleach to deep clean their CPAP equipment. However, using harsh chemicals on your CPAP supplies will destroy them. Keep your CPAP equipment away from bleach.
6. CPAP mask cushions should be replaced at the same time when you replace your CPAP mask. True or false?
This is a trick question. The answer is FALSE. To avoid any kind of skin irritation or infection, you should regularly clean your CPAP cushion with mild soap and water. However, these are not meant to be used indefinitely. It is important to replace your CPAP cushion at least every 1 to 3 months.
7. The humidification chamber needs to be washed every week. True or false?
The answer is TRUE. It should be washed weekly and you should wash it completely. On another note, with the advancement of technology, the market is now offering humidifier chambers that are dishwasher-safe. However, make sure to check your manufacturer’s manual before cleaning it in the dishwasher.