Reduce, reuse, recycle…right? Not when it comes to your CPAP/BiPAP supplies!
It’s important to replace your mask, tubing and filter regularly to keep you breathing safely.
Here are our top 3 reasons to regularly replace your CPAP/BiPAP supplies:
1) Cushions Lose Their Seal
If you find yourself over-tightening your headgear to keep a seal between your mask and your face, your mask cushions have likely worn down. Your mask will not fit comfortably if the cushions are worn, and you can make your skin sore by adjusting your mask too tightly. The mask will not work as effectively without a good seal.
2) Bacteria Can Grow Quickly
The older the mask, the more the materials begin to deteriorate. Scratches, grooves and dents in your equipment are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. To avoid bacteria growth, replace your supplies regularly. Between new supplies, wash your tubing and mask often with mild, soapy water and set them out to air dry away from direct sunlight. Make sure your equipment is completely dry before use- lingering water can also contribute to bacteria growth.
3) Damaging Dirt Adds Up
Dust, dirt and other contaminants can collect in your filter. As they build, they can cause your CPAP/BiPAP machine to overheat, which will damage the motor over time. You can avoid this hassle by replacing your filter frequently. In fact, we will replace your disposable filter for free at our upcoming CPAP/Bi-PAP clinics in Cedar Rapids and Coralville.
Insurance providers typically have a set schedule for how often you can replace your CPAP/BiPAP supplies. The customer care representatives at CarePro Home Medical will be happy to contact your insurance company for you to find out when you are eligible for replacements. It’s our pleasure to answer your CPAP/BiPAP questions, so feel free to call or email us.