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Equipment Maintenance

CPAP/BiPap Maintenance and Care

  • Only use distilled water in the humidifier chamber.
  • Fill humidifier chamber with water to the 75% fill line. Start at 2 – If nose is dry, increase and for sniffles, decrease.
  • Empty humidifier chamber daily and refill with clean water. Do not reuse water from the night before.
  • If not using water in humidifier chamber, remember to turn setting off or to number 0.
  • Clean non-disposable sponge CPAP/BIPAP filters once a week with warm water, rinse thoroughly and let air dry. Do not place wet or damp filters back in CPAP/BIPAP unit. Replace white cotton filter when dirty about every 2-3 weeks.
  • Clean humidifier chamber, hose and mask once a week. Use mild soap and warm water, rinse thoroughly and let air dry. Draping hose over shower rod or towel rack will help with the drying process.
  • Wash face before going to bed. Wipe surface area of mask every morning, keeping mask clean of natural face oils and dirt. Do not use alcohol. Unscented or Fragrance Free baby wipes work great. Disinfect supplies with 1 part white vinegar, 3 parts water after a cold or monthly to avoid getting sick.
  • Routine cleaning will reduce the possible growth of bacteria and prolong the life of your equipment.

Portable and Stationary Concentrators

  • Maintain a 1 foot radius around machine at all times. Keep away from walls, beds, drapes and debris.
  • Keep all home and portable machines clean, wipe down with a clean damp cloth weekly, ensure all air intake vents are free from dust and dirt.
  • (Portables only) Rinse filters thoroughly with warm water weekly, squeezing out excess water and air dry.
  • (Portables only) Patient must take deep enough breaths to activate pulse. Shallow breaths may trigger alarm.
  • (Freestyle portable only) Make sure charger release button is facing top of unit, or unit will not charge.
  • (Black concentrator) Concentrator checks every two years.
  • (Blue concentrator) Concentrator checks every two years.
  • If applicable, fill humidifier bottle halfway with distilled water only. (Between the minimum and maximum line daily) Do not overfill. Water can get in the tubing and cannula. If this occurs, change cannula and/or tubing as soon as possible. Disinfect bottle weekly using 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water for 30 min. Replace bottle every 6 weeks.

Supply Re-order

  • Nasal Cannula should be replaced every 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Tubing, Swivel Connectors, and Water Traps should be replaced every 3 months.
  • CPAP/BiPap mask, headgear, tubing, water chamber, filters may be replaced every 3 months pending insurance schedule.
  • Replace nebulizer cup and tubing every 6 months.