Let’s Talk Dirty…by CPAPClinic

 

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There is more interest growing about the tremendous benefits of CPAP and restful sleep in recent years. And once a CPAP and its accessories are acquired, the best weapon against Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been enabled.

The recommended changing of equipment and accessories is essential for any CPAP system to sustain its success rate. Tubing, filters, and mask parts need regular replacement.

And you might think CPAP users would be just as eager to maintain their sleep with clean equipment.

You’d be surprised.

Remarkably, a large percentage of CPAP users only obtain replacement when it’s necessary, such as a mask cushion tear or tubing cracks with duct tape correction.

Let’s put this into perspective:

 

Cleaning CPAP

When it comes to CPAP gear, the standard replacement schedule for replacing mask parts is six months from the time of purchase. For tubing, it’s one year. For filters, it is around three to four months.

And the reason you might argue is to drive sales?

Consider this instead.

According to a reliable study out of Harvard, bacteria, begins to build up, hold on, and continue living on CPAP equipment regardless of a rigorous washing schedule.

What does this mean?

It means you are breathing in bacteria buildup after six months for masks, one year for tubing, etc.or sooner.

Think about that for a moment.

Recently Sleep Health Centers, Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston found on CPAP mask cushion silicone surfaces:

  • There was a high incidence of bacterial growth as well as fungi and occasional yeast – all plates had positive growth.
  • The older interfaces (mask cushions) had significantly more fungi and overall higher colony counts, and more diversified bacterial populations
  • Washing the interfaces with soap or antibacterial wash just before plating markedly decreased the bacteria count
  • However in interfaces > 6-12 months we could not reduce the counts adequately by repeat washing and we speculate the silicone surface may become resistant to disinfection over time.

Finally

This conclusion alone is reason enough to stick close to your replacement schedule for your CPAP accessories. Plus, it has been updated and revised.

Here’s the new replacement schedule for CPAP mask parts and CPAP accessories:

  • Once per month – Replace your mask cushion and CPAP filters
  • Every Three Months – Replace your tubing
  • Within Six Months – Replace your Headgear and chin straps and Humidifier Water Chamber

You can easily assess from the information above that a little extra care for your CPAP supplies can continue to give you great sleep results without additional health issues from bacteria.

Say goodbye to dirty CPAP equipment and hello to even healthier sleep!

Questions?

Call 1.877.430.2727 for help.

Written and Edited by Bill Bistak B Sc.,SEO/SEM Spc, CRT

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1 COMMENT

  1. Thank you for sharing. I’m embarrassed to admit that I have not taken care of mine as I should when it comes to cleaning. And I get the impression from reading online this can be a hazard health wise.

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