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Used Cpap Machine
Yes but not best: I would recommend distilled only. The machine will last much longer, and it will be healthier for you as well. ...Read more
CPAP = continuous positive airway pressure. This is typically a device that sits at bedside attached to a hose that attaches to some sort of interface (i.e. Mask) to deliver pressre to the airway either through nose or nose and mouth. The main use is for obstructive sleep apnea but it has been used for other conditions such as respiratory failure ...Read more
Technically: Technically you could, since that water would be "distilled". ...Read more
Desensitization: I recommend to my patients to try to use the CPAP device in the evening while watching tv to get used to the feeling of the mask and pressure. This helps to make it easier and more comfortable to use at night while sleeping. Sometimes a mask change is needed for comfort or an adjustment in pressure. For some on higher pressure of CPAP and switch to bipap can make breathing easier. ...Read more
Mechanism: CPAP is considered the most effective treatment of OSA. Its beneficial effects are related to the normalization of breathing during sleep and to the prevention of nocturnal desaturations. Upper airway patency is maintained with NCPAP by a pneumatic splinting effect while changes in lung volume and pre-apnea SaO2 level may be implicated in the improvement of apnea-related desaturations. ...Read more
I have a cpap machine that I should use but haven't used it for months. What happens? Any implications if not used regularly in case I resume?
Dust it off.: CPAP is hard for some people to tolerate. If you don't use it you will return to the symptoms you had prior to use and you will have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. If you restart using it your risks will decrease and you may feel better. There is no "penalty" for not using it, . ...Read more
CPAP mask fit: The one that fits most comfortably yet provides the necessary delivery eliminating any significant oxygen desaturation. There are many available so there should be one that is comfortable yet provides a good seal. Many have associated restless leg syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder, therefor aggressively treating that effectively seems to allow for more comfort with cpap. ...Read more
Advice: Excellent advice here: https://www. Sleepapnea. Com/blog/post/92098663671/keeping-it-clean-cpap-hygiene-a-shower-or-bathGet a more detailed answer ›
As often as needed: The specs of each manufacturer vary; but there is no such a thing as too often if the alternative is to not use it. ...Read more
CPAP: CPAP = continuous positive airway pressure. This is typically a device that sits at bedside attached to a hose that attaches to some sort of interface (i.e. Mask) to deliver pressre to the airway either through nose or nose and mouth. The main use is for obstructive sleep apnea but it has been used for other conditions such as respiratory failure or congestive heart failure. ...Read more
Patient choice: Whatever pillow is comfortable. If you mean nasal pillow, which is part of the mask, whatever seals properly. ...Read more
CPAP alternatives: The CPAP machine and the many variations of CPAP are the "gold standard" of care for sleep apnea. But many people can't tolerate the machines for a variety of reasons including comfort, claustrophobia, etc. I get a lot of referrals from sleep specialists in the quad cities to make these patients oral mouthpieces, designed to bring the mandible forward and hold it there which opens up the airway. ...Read more
No: Does you machine provide humidified air--if not, you may need a change of machine or up the humidity percent to see if this helps. ...Read more
Keep trying: CPAP is the gold standard treatment for osa, and it works very well. Try it, and hang in there...You can get used to it over time. If you just cannot tolerate wearing the cpap, then you have 2 options. #1-see your dentist who can make you a mouthpiece type of appliance than can improve your airflow. #2 talk to your md about surgical options. ...Read more
Thousands!: The best way to treat sleep apnea medically is with CPAP and other positive pressure devices. Obviously weight loss is an integral part of medical management as well. Dental appliances that pull the jaw and tongue forward can also be very helpful with many patients. Surgery can work but must be tailored to the patients anatomical obstruction. Thousands successfully use CPAP to rx their apnea. ...Read more
How can I extend the life of a cpap machine? They are so expensive... I don't want to have to buy a new one too soon.
Be good to it: I tell my patients to follow the directions as far as care and cleaning and I recommend distilled water. Some of the machines end up being lemons and a good dme company will honor this. ...Read more
Since I started using a cpap machine, I have episodes of trying to catch my breath several times a day. No one knows why. Do you?
I have a remstar lite cpap machine, does anyone know how I can hook it up to a battery source so that I can take my family camping?
Try radioshack: There are some battery adapters and cigarette lighter adapters that work very well with most of the respironics machines like the remstar. You will need the universal brick to convert but I recommend taking it into a place that makes such adapters and trying them. Have fun camping! ...Read more
Check first: Altitude significantly alters delivered CPAP pressure unless a unit has pressure-compensating features. Check with your doctor, and also check with your CPAP supplier on your specific machine. Some machines are good to 7500 ft. ...Read more
No, please don't.: Please don't add anything to the water - this can irritate the airways and the lungs. ...Read more
Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep ...Read more