Mask fitting is an essential element of a patient’s success with positive airway pressure therapy since it affects compliance and effectiveness of treatment. Higher pressures can result in air leak and patient discomfort. Demands on mask stability increase as pressure increases. Higher pressures may also require tighter head gear to maintain an adequate seal contributing to the discomfort.
When selecting a CPAP mask the following factors should be considered:
- CPAP mask fit
- Quality of air seal
At HomeSleepCare we offer a no obligation one month free PAP trial (Rx required) and within that time you are welcome to try several masks to know which one suits you best. There are several masks available by a variety of manufacturers (ResMed™, F&P, and Respironics™).
|Humidifier Chamber||Empty water daily and rinse with a mild soap in warm water. Weekly wash in mild soapy water and scrub with soft bristle, rinse with water and allow to air dry. Only use distilled water. Cleaned often due to bacteria growth in stagnant water.||3-6 months|
|CPAP Hose||Clean once a week in warm soapy water with a mild soap, use a tube brush to scrub inside tubing, rinse with water and allow to airdry.||3-6 months|
|CPAP Filter||Check monthly and dispose if discoloured or dust build up. Replace with new filter.||1-3 months|
|CPAP Mask||Mask Seal should be wiped down daily with a damp cloth or CPAP wipes to remove skin oils. At least once a week submerge the whole mask in warm soapy water with a mild soap detergent, scrub with soft bristle, then rise with water and allow to air dry.||3-6 months|