Last Updated on March 30, 2021
To date, the only productive non-invasive way to treat apnea is considered to be BIPAP therapy. It is artificial ventilation of the airways. It creates a constant positive pressure in the airways, which ensures patients a healthy sleep.
If a patient is prescribed this kind of treatment, he puts on a specially designed mask every evening before going to bed. The patient spends a few hours or all night time in it. In the severe stage of apnea it is better to use such a device than to suffer a stroke, or suffer a heart attack.
Apnea therapy with the use of the device is safe and easy. However, the device requires attention to itself – you need to take care of the breathing mask BIPAP. The more carefully and carefully you treat it, the more comfortable and effective the treatment will be. It is the same as maintaining your car or appliances, shoes or clothing. Ignoring the rules of maintenance will sooner or later cause malfunction and significantly reduce the service life of an already expensive device.
To avoid getting into this situation, care should be taken with the appliance.
Taking care of the CPAP breathing mask is the key to its successful work!
So, what actions and manipulations should be performed to ensure flawless cleanliness? Since the mask, which covers the face closely, is bound to be covered with grease from the skin and moisture, it should be washed regularly.
- Pay attention to the valve, because it is equipped with a diaphragm, which is easily damaged by excessive force or very abrupt manipulation.
- After disassembly is complete, gently rinse each element in liquid detergent. Soap from the toilet series may also be used. Care of the BIPAP breathing mask requires special care when washing the soft parts that touch the skin.
- After rinsing, each part needs to be rinsed and dried. For rinsing, use a large volume of liquid or use running water. Choose a location out of the sunlight for drying.
As for the mask holder, hose and seal, regular cleaning also prevents them from becoming infected. In general, they should be replaced annually.
- It is best to use gentle substances to wash your stpaps. Remember to rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and air dry.
- It is safe to wash the hose with warm water and soap. But you can’t dry it with open air, or the ultraviolet light will ruin the plastic. In addition, you should not take care of the breathing mask for BIPAP therapy, using bleaching compositions, eucalyptus oil, as well as products that contain chlorine.
- CPAP Cleaning devices can be used on the daily basis.
Oh, and don’t forget to wash your face thoroughly before going to bed. This will prevent skin grease from getting on the mask.
Frequency of care
- The pH was neutral. Special disinfectants are available in specialized stores.
- Once every 5-7 days, or more often, wash the tube. Prepare at least 7-8 liters of soapy water. Fill the tube several times with the solution for the best effect.
- Filters for cleaning, if you have them, also wash: for coarse cleaning – once every two weeks. Change it every 6 months, and for fine cleaning – monthly. Both cleaning and replacement are very important. Clean filters clean the air better and prevent dirt and dust from clogging the unit.
In addition, such measures will prevent overheating of the units, their excessive noise and failure of pressure settings.
- Every 3 to 3 months, remove limescale from the humidifier. It settles intensively after the use of undistilled water. You can use descalers designed for food grade kettles.
- Belts and retainers are washed according to the degree of contamination. Remember, they are treated with cold water only, so as not to damage the elasticity. Replace them once a year, maybe even every six months, depending on the level of wear.
As you can see, there are no difficulties in taking care of BIPAP masks. The modular system allows you to disassemble and reassemble the devices very quickly. Some users even wash them in the dishwasher!
All maintenance rules can be found in the instruction manual of the masks. If you still have questions, our specialists will help you solve them.