If you have a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine as a part of your sleep apnea therapy, it’s important that you are taking regular care of it.
Just like any other piece of healthcare equipment, keeping it clean is not only important for good hygiene, it also helps ensure it is working correctly to maximise its efficacy during your treatment.
We understand that, when you first begin to use you CPAP machine, there is a lot of information to take on board. After receiving your diagnosis and obtaining your unit, cleaning routines can be overlooked or missed.
Don’t worry! This article is here to help by offering five tips on how to take good care of your CPAP machine to keep it clean for regular use.
1) Refer To The Machine’s Instructions
Your CPAP machine comes with a detailed set of step-by-step instructions on how to disassemble and clean it correctly. Remember to always follow both the User Guide as well as the advice of your medical professional to ensure the most effective cleaning method. Incorrect cleaning may cause damage to the machine.
2) Keep A Regular Cleaning Routine
As the CPAP machine involves you breathing directly from it, not keeping it clean can mean you are breathing in the germs and bacteria that may be growing inside it. Maintaining a regular and thorough cleaning routine means that your machine never goes too long without care.
3) Clean More After Being Sick
If you have been unwell recently, such as with the flu or a cold, it’s advisable to clean your CPAP machine more frequently than normal.