Now that you’ve been provided with the right unit you need to know how to use it properly to achieve the maximum benefit
Find a suitable surface for your CPAP or APAP unit beside your bed. A night table is idea. If you don’t have a night table, place the unit on a stable cabinet, chair or on another piece of furniture.
- Select a location near the bedside.
- Place the unit at a level at or below the level of you head. If water collects in the tube it will drain back towards the unit rather than in your mask. Also a CPAP or APAP machine resting above your head could be easily pulled into your bed at night!
- Allow for good airflow to the CPAP or APAP machine. Never place the unit in a drawer.
- Avoid heat sources and cold air sources. Both may cause problems with the blower operation and produce humidification issues.
- If all else fails and you have to place the unit on the floor check your filters more frequently since the CPAP will be exposed to more dust on the floor than on a night table.
Plug the CPAP or APAP unit into the wall outlet.
- The use of extension cords is not recommended. If absolutely necessary use a heavy-duty extension cord or a surge protector.
- Try to invest in a surge protector for the unit. Today’s CPAP and APAP machines have very sophisticated electronics that may require protection. This may be a great investment since your warranty is 3 years.
- Never use the CPAP unit in a wet area.
- Never plug in the unit in if it is wet or damp.
- Plug your unit into an electrical outlet that is NOT being used to supply electricity to other major appliances. If you need to use the same outlet that is shared by other equipment, make sure the other appliances are NOT being used at the same time.
Fill the humidifier pot/reservoir with distilled water to the maximum fill line.
- The humidifier pot/reservoir should be emptied and cleaned each day.
- If distilled water is not available and you have used tap or bottled water clean the pot with vinegar and water to remove any scaling.
- NEVER add aromatherapy oils or medications to the humidifier.
Connect your hose to the CPAP/APAP unit.
Attach the mask or nasal pillows to the hose.
Apply the mask or nasal pillows to your face as shown in the office and turn your machine ON.
- Apply the mask or nasal pillows while you are lying flat in bed. Don’t adjust the mask in an upright position. Let gravity help you achieve a more comfortable fit.
- Strive to achieve an ideal fit! That is the mask is fitting just tight enough – not too tight or too loose without leaks. To do this fit the mask at your CPAP pressure not at the RAMP pressure. Fit your mask while lying on your side and also on your back.
- Leaky masks or masks that move with minimal movement are usually dirty (skin oils) or need replacement.
Activate the RAMP feature if required and relax as you fall asleep with the mask or pillows ON. Remember the instructions you received in the office.
If you need to get up for any reason in the night turn the unit off and remove your mask or nasal pillows. When you reapply you mask you may need to restart the Ramp function.
- We don’t recommend disconnecting your mask from the hose. Leaving your mask and headgear on your face while walking around your home might hamper your vision.