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CPAP Resources

CPAP Resources

Now that you have a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (or CPAP) machine, here are a few resources you’ll need.

 

CPAP Therapy Troubleshooting Guide

PROBLEM

POSSIBLE CAUSES

WHAT TO DO

No pressure/flow from the machine

Power cord may be disconnected from machine

Plug power cord into grounded outlet and make sure connection to machine is secure

 

Power switch in the off position

Make sure power switch is turned to on position

 

No power to outlet

Check for power outage, try another outlet, check if your outlet is controlled by a light switch, check to make sure GFCI and/or breaker aren’t flipped

 

Equipment malfunction

Contact Dallas Sleep or manufacturer

Air from the machine is too hot

Blocked vent

Look for and remove any obstructions

 

Temperature setting on the humidifier is too high or the temperature in the room is too hot

Lower the temperature on the humidifier or lower the temperature in the room

 

Tubing under the blanket

Keep the tubing above the blanket while sleeping to lower the air temperature

 

Dirty filters

Clean or replace filters

Air from the machine is too cold

Temperature setting on the humidifier is too low or the temperature in the room is too cold

Raise the temperature on the humidifier or raise the temperature in the room

 

Tubing under the blanket

Keep the tubing under the blanket while sleeping to raise the air temperature

Dry mouth or nose

The flow from the CPAP is drying the membranes

Increase the humidifier settings

Eye irritation

Mask may be leaking air into your eyes

Adjust your mask or headgear to remove leak

Mouth falls open during sleep

High pressure levels or mouth breather

Contact Dallas Sleep about a full face mask or a chin strap

Air leaks around the mask

Mask not fitting properly

Re-adjust your mask and headgear

Sore on forehead or bridge of nose

Headgear too tight

Loosen headgear

 

Wrong size mask

Contact Dallas Sleep

 

Inappropriate fitting mask

Contact Dallas Sleep

Initial symptoms worsen or reappear (snoring, daytime sleepiness, etc.)

Weight gain

Contact Dallas Sleep

 

Pressure setting incorrect

Contact Dallas Sleep

 

 

CPAP and Supplies Cleaning Schedule

SUPPLIES

FREQUENCY

WHAT TO DO

CPAP Mask or Nasal Pillows

Daily

Wash your face before putting on your mask each night. Mask should be washed daily with warm soapy water and rinsed well. Allow to air dry on towel.

Humidifier Chamber

Daily

Always fill with distilled water before using. Chamber should be washed daily with warm soapy water and rinsed well. Allow to dry on towel.

Tubing

Weekly

Once every week wash the tube with warm soapy water and rinse well. Allow to air dry.

Humidifier Chamber

Weekly

Wash with warm soapy water and rinse well. Soak in 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water for 30 minutes. Rinse well and allow to dry on a towel.

Headgear

Weekly

Hand wash in warm soapy water and rinse well. Allow to air dry.

Exterior of Machine

Weekly

Wipe with a damp cloth.

Disposable Filter

 

Do not wash – replace white disposable filter every month!

 

CPAP Supply Replacement Suggestions

ITEM

REPLACE

Full face mask and headgear

Every 6 months

Full face cushion replacement

Every 1 month

Nasal mask and headgear

Every 6 months

Nasal cushion replacement

Every 1 month

Nasal pillow mask and headgear

Every 6 months

Nasal pillow replacement

Every 1 month

Chinstrap

Every 6 months

Tubing

Every 3 months

Filters

Every 1 month

Water Chamber

Every 6 months

 

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