Your CPAP or BiPAP Machine
Congratulations! You have shown commitment to your own health by constant and proper use of your continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) or bi-level positive air pressure (BiPAP) machine. By doing so, you should you be feeling better rested. You have also decreased your risk for heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.
While regularly scheduled follow up appointments here at Wisconsin Sleep are not needed at this time, we want you to know when you should return to see us. If you have any of these symptoms or events, please make an appointment to see us again.
- A weight change (gain or loss) of more than 10% of your current weight.
- Return of snoring while you are using CPAP or BiPAP machine.
- If heart problems arise, mainly congestive heart failure or atrial fibrillation.
- If you have a stroke, mini-stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA).
- If you notice the same kind of symptoms you had before you started on treatment for sleep apnea.
Don’t forget to keep your equipment in good shape. We strongly suggest that you
- Replace your mask or nasal pillows as needed. Complete interface (including headgear) can be replaced every six months and the cushion can be replaced every month if needed.
- Wash your mask, nasal pillows, and humidifier once a week
- Replace or clean the filter on your machine monthly.
- Replace the hoses if you find leaks or the connectors no longer work well.
You can contact your home health care company for any supplies you need. They are your best, first contact for any questions or concerns about your equipment.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 02/19/2013
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