Sleep apnea is a serious ailment. It can lead to daytime drowsiness which puts the patient at an increased risk of accidents. Studies have also linked sleep apnea to an increase in the risk for heart disease and high blood pressure. In cases of severe sleep apnea, to avoid surgery, the doctor is likely to prescribe the use of a CPAP machine. The patient will need to ensure that he has all of the CPAP supplies for the proper functioning of his unit. The list of required CPAP supplies includes masks, elbows, and tubing.
Whenever a patient purchases CPAP machines, he must be made aware that how effective the unit is in treating his sleep apnea will depend upon his compliance in its use. It is also is based upon the maintenance and cleanliness of the various components and CPAP supplies for the unit. All of the parts and pieces must be checked two to three times weekly for cracks or flaws. These inspections are also a good opprotunity for the patient to disinfect his machine and its components. It is very important to inhibit bacterial growth. Bacteria in the unit could be inhaled by the patient and result in a respiratory infection. This counters the benefits of the machine, which is designed to allow the patient to breath easier at night.
Among the various CPAP supplies which might need to be replaced are elbows and tubing. Elbows are designed to connect the tubing to either the mask or the machine. The tubing carries air from the unit to the mask and the patient. These pieces are susceptible to cracking or having holes gotten in them if they are not handled carefully. It is still important for the patient to do a thorough inspection of these parts to ensure that he is getting the full force of air from the machine.
Perhaps the most important of the CPAP supplies is the mask. If the mask does not properly fit, the benefits of using a CPAP machine are lost. There are two reasons for this. First, an ill-fitting mask could potentially leak air, thus reducing the pressure of the airflow. Secondly, if the mask is not comfortable for the patient to wear, he is not as likely to fully comply with treatment.
Compliance with treatment is also dependent upon patient comfort. Mild side effects from the treatment can be eased by making some small changes. Many patients complain of nasal and throat dryness or irritation. To alleviate these side effects, many CPAP systems have an optional humidifier. These can be found with other CPAP supplies from the retailer.
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