CPAP devices and their accessories are easy to clean, maintain and travel with if you follow some basic guidelines.
Air Liquide Healthcare supplies CPAP systems manufactured by ResMed, Philips Respironics, Fisher & Paykel and Somnetics. The systems all operate on the same principal and have the same three basic components – a CPAP device, an air tube and a mask. The differences between the systems come down to treatment algorithms, mask styles and fit, remote connectivity and other usability and comfort features.
CPAP masks are worn while you sleep. They usually have a soft cushion that comes into contact with your skin and use a strap, or straps, to hold them snugly against your face. The masks come in a variety of configurations including nasal pillows, which rest against your nostrils; nasal masks, which cover your nose, and full-face masks which cover your nose and mouth. Each mask has its own configuration of straps. It is possible to mix-and-match masks and devices.
We recommend that you visit our clinic to experience the different devices or get a mask fit before committing to one product.
When you are in the clinic you can also discuss any other accessories you may need, such as a heated humidifier. Once you know which device works best for you, you can buy accessories and replacement parts.
Types of hygiene and comfort accessories for CPAP devices include:
Each manufacturer has specific cleaning guidelines for their devices, masks and accessories – particularly the cushion between the mask and the face, which can be quite fragile.
However, these basic guidelines are typical to all devices:
Travelling with your CPAP device need not be difficult if you treat it carefully and plan ahead.
Always remove the humidifier chamber before moving your CPAP device – even if the humidifier chamber appears to be empty – to prevent water getting inside the device.
Many people who travel overseas and regularly with their CPAP device carry a universal adapter and also an extension cord in case their hotel does not have a spare power outlet close to the bed.