How to Get the Most Out Of Your CPAP and BIPAP Supplies
There are a host of medical conditions in the world today that can cause you to wind up having to use CPAP and BIPAP supplies on a regular basis. From chronic asthma to sleep apnea, the technology available for home breathing treatments these days is staggering, and you have to know what you are looking for when purchasing those supplies. Get ready for some quick lessons on getting the most out of your home therapy supplies.
Confused as to which CPAP and BIPAP supplies are best for you? All of us at Mobility Specialists are happy to work with you and help you choose everything that is right for you, so call us today.
Your First Task: Get Educated
With the help of your respiratory therapist, as well as your doctor, you will need to become as educated as possible on both your condition, and what CPAP and BIPAP supplies are available to you. Technology has advanced light years since the first machines were available for home therapy use, and now they are smaller, lighter, and a whole lot easier to use. Ask questions, seek advice from knowledgeable sources, and make your decisions wisely when purchasing these supplies.
Purchasing CPAP machines or even a BIPAP machine is probably the easiest part of this whole ordeal. Where it gets tricky for a lot of our customers is choosing the right BIPAP or CPAP mask, nasal pillows, and nasal masks for CPAP use. Like we said, there is no “one size fits all” type when it comes to choosing these very personal supplies, so take your time in choosing the one that is right for you. We do not mind if you try it on, lay down with it, and test the whole thing out. Your comfort factor is important when finding one that fits you properly. If it does not, then the therapy will do you no good.
Develop Good Cleaning Habits
Another deciding factor that will ensure that you get the very most out of any oxygen therapy supplies or sleep apnea machines that you purchase is how well you maintain them. Every single part of these wonders has to be maintained and cleaned, from the machine itself, to the nasal mask for CPAP or BIPAP therapy. Check tubing and masks frequently, and clean them. Replace anything that gets worn, or is uncomfortable to use.
One item that often gets forgotten when people are using CPAP and BIPAP supplies is the filters. Find out where the filter is located in your machine, so that you can monitor its effectiveness. Just like filters on your car, a dirty filter will not help you in the least when it comes to receiving the oxygen that you should be. Keep a supply around the house so that when you notice it is dirty, you can replace it quickly.