Cleanliness and CPAP

Cleanliness and CPAP

By Taikhum Sadiq

Cleanliness and CPAP

Cleanliness is very important when it comes to using medical equipment and devices in your house. Your CPAP system also need cleaning from time to time and so special care has to be taken when cleaning one as it involves messing around with the respiratory system if anything goes wrong.

Cleanliness and CPAP	We would start with wiping the mask (including parts that come in contact with the skin) using a damp towel with mild detergent and warm water. This will eliminate any oils, dead skin cells and sweat on the mask that can negate the quality of the seal. Next, gently rinse with a clean towel and let the mask air-dry. You might also use pre-moistened towels or disinfectants designed specifically for cleaning CPAP masks . If your set up has a humidifier, then start by emptying any leftover water instead of letting in sit in the unit all day. Refill the humidifier with clean, distilled water right before you sleep for optimal use. If you are suffering from cold, then cleaning all parts is highly necessary as they might infect the lungs.

You can also conduct a biweekly or weekly cleaning process. Start by giving your mask and tubing a full bath to keep it free of dust, bacteria and germs. Clean the CPAP tubing, nasal mask and headgear in a bathroom sink filled with warm water and a few drops of disinfectant. Hang the tubing over the shower rod, on a towel rack or in the laundry room to ensure all the water drains out.

The mask and headgear can be air-dried on a towel together. Clean the filter by removing it and rinsing it in warm tap water. Squeeze it under the water and squeeze to make sure there is no dust. Then blot down the filter with a towel.

White filters are not to be washed as those are disposable and should be replaced once a month. Just like your house filters, if the white filter is dirty, it should be replaced sooner than once a month. If it has a humidifier then it also should cleaned weekly. Empty any remaining water and then wash the water chamber in the sink with warm soapy water. Rinse well and drain out as much of the water as possible. Let the chamber air-dry before placing it back into the CPAP unit.


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