Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cleaning the Cpap Machine

When you are given the okay from a doctor to use a cpap machine someone will come to your house to help setup it up. They will go over how the mask is placed over your face and how to start the machine. If you have a humidifier they will instruct you on the water amount to fill it with. But one of the most important things that they will show you is how to clean it and how often.

You will need a cleanser (not one that’s harsh), water and a damp towel.

  1. Unplug the machine first
  2. Undo the mask and hose from the machine
  3. Wipe down the outside of the machine
  4. Clean the mask with a mild cleanser, gently wiping the inside and outside of the mask. Also check for any tears that may occur in the mask
  5. Inspect the hoses and then run water through them. Of all the parts on a cpap this probably needs to be cleaned the most.
  6. If you have a humidifier, fill the water according the specifications in the user’s manual.
  7. As for how often to clean, once again check the user’s manual.

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