Finding the right CIPAP/BiPAP equipment that suits you from a long list of products isn’t enough. For them to give the intended results, proper maintenance is essential.
As with any regularly used object, it is essential to properly maintain your respiratory supplies for them to function the way they were designed to. This article will discuss some useful tips that can help you better maintain your respiratory supplies.
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The Golden Rule – Properly Store the Respiratory Supplies
As with any regularly used equipment, the golden rule is to properly store the product as instructed in the product’s user guide. Ideally, respirator storages should offer adequate protection from damage, dust, direct sunlight, contamination, excessive moisture, extreme temperature and even contact from damaging chemicals.
Cleaning the Respiratory Supplies
Cleaning your respiratory supplies on a regular basis is the key to ensure that they function the way they were designed to. Apart from which proper cleaning can also increase the life of the equipment.
The cleaning and maintenance of respiratory supplies can broadly be classified into:
- Daily Maintenance
- Weekly Maintenance
- Daily Maintenance
Lean the mask cushion, pillow, tubing and other nasal interfaces with a warm cloth or a recommended cleaning solution every morning. Since these components come into regular contact with your skin, there are high chances for your skin oils to reduce the quality and performance of the equipment’s seal and mask.
Every morning, make it a habit to clean these components and let them dry before you use them again.
Similarly, if your equipment consists of a water reservoir, empty the water and pat it dry after every use. We also recommend you to clean the reservoir with a mild cleaning solution (an odourless one) every time after use. As always, place a dry towel in it and let it dry in before the next use.
- Weekly Maintenance
If you were to do the daily maintenance properly, weekly maintenance shouldn’t be difficult. Weekly maintenance is more focussed on the cleaning & inspection of the vital components.
CIPAP/BiPAP Tube Care
Start by removing the tube and thoroughly inspect the tube for any holes or breakage on it. These holes/breakages can leak the air causing a significant drop in air pressure that can impact the therapy. If you were to see any holes in the tube, ensure that you replace them immediately.
Once you remove the tubes, clean them using a mild soap/detergent and a small bottle cleaning brush. Also, disinfect the tube using a mixture of three parts water and one-part vinegar.
Remember that the tubing should never be submerged in water and that you air-dry the tube in a cool, dry place.
Every CIPAP/BiPAP has air filters that block dust from entering the tube. These filters can over time become dusty preventing the steady flow of air. These filters have to be cleaned/replaced at regular intervals depending on the manufacturer recommendations.
Make it a habit to check your equipment's filters every week to ensure that there is no dust build-up. If there are any, the machine can't provide you with the recommended air pressure.
Depending on whether your equipment has a washable or disposable filter, clean or replace them accordingly. It is important to note that every equipment is different, and it is advised to check your machine’s user manual for the specifics of your system before cleaning/replacing the filter.
For instance, the Philips Respironics have a reusable blue pollen filter that has to be cleaned once in two weeks and replaced once in every six months. Whereas, air filters in ResMED machines have a comparatively smaller life, and it should be replaced in 2-3 months.
A humidifier is what helps cut down on morning dry mouth and avoid irritation & inflammation of your nasal turbinates. It is important that you replace the water in the humidifier every day and clean it thoroughly once a week to avoid build-up of bacteria.
Make it a habit to clean the humidifier using a mild detergent/soap and disinfect it using a mixture of three parts water and one-part vinegar.
Once the cleaning is done, rinse the humidifier well with clean water and allow it to dry on a clean cloth or paper towel away from direct sunlight.
Headgear & Chin Straps
Headgears & Chin straps should be washed in soapy water once a week and disinfected using a mixture of three parts water and one-part vinegar. Rinse & let them properly dry before you use them again.
Also, ensure that your equipment’s headgear and chin straps remain a perfect fit. Ideally, you should replace the headgear & chinstrap once in six months!
You should also take the equipment to an authorised dealer for testing once in six months to ensure that you are receiving the correct pressure. If there are any components to be replaced, get it done.
General CIPAP/BiPAP Maintenance & Cleaning Tips
- Use only distilled water of neutral pH in your humidifier.
- Clean the outsides of your equipment regularly advisably with a damp, wet cloth. Also, ensure that you disinfect the components using a mixture of three parts water and one-part vinegar.
- Avoid using hard soap/detergent and aromatic cleaning solutions.
- Always carry the machine dry while travelling and keep it always at your hand’s reach.
- Never leave your nasal interface at your workbench or hanging from the machine.
- Stay in touch with your seller and service members for any doubts and queries.
The maintenance checklist discussed in this article is the cost-effective ways to properly maintain your respiratory supplies and to ensure that they function the way they were designed to.
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