CPAP Tips from FDA
The following is amessage from the U.S. Food and DrugAdministration. With the rising numbers ofelderly populations and those with chronichealth issues, the Home Healthcare field hasexpanded significantly within the United States. Hi, I'm Rick Foucheux,speaking on behalf of the Food and DrugAdministration.
Patients are becoming moreand more dependent on medical technology tomaintain or improve their quality of life in orderto live as independently as possible. But they may havedifficulties handling and maintaining their devices,as well as understanding the instructionson how to use them. These factors, along withusing devices in different
settings at home, atwork, traveling, out in the yard, etc. canjeopardize patient safety. So, here are some helpfultips for anyone using a CPAP or caring forsomeone who does. The CPAP, or ContinuousPositive Airway Pressure device, is a widely useddevice that can often be problematic to operate,clean and maintain. It's used for people whohave breathing problems,
typically at night, whichis commonly known as quot;obstructive sleep apneaquot;. It occurs when soft tissuein the back of your throat collapses and keeps youfrom breathing normally. How your face mask fitscan affect the quality of your treatment. If the mask is too tight,you may get sores around your mouth and nose.
If the mask fits loosely,air can leak out, causing your sleep tobe disrupted. So, if you have problemswith a mask that's either too tight or too loose,try adjusting the strap that fits aroundyour head. If you're anxious aboutwearing a mask for treatment, contact yourhealthcare provider. They may recommendadditional supervised
training or adjustment inthe size or model of your device. Never secure the straps ofthe face mask too tightly on your face, and neveruse tape to seal the mask to your face. And of course, keepyour mask clean! It'll fit muchbetter if it is. Be sure to clean thehumidification chamber,
Philips Respironics Dream Station CPAP Machine Review
Hi this is Chris from The CPAP Shop, wantedto show you a brand new machine from Philips Respironics. This is called the Dream Station. So whatyou get is this nice padded case with a shoulder strap, and on the back side is this slot sothat you can put it through some luggage (it'll fit real nice on there). So we'll open itup. We have the traditional Respironics nonheated tubing (this is a 6 foot tube), then we havethe heated tube. Here is a user manual for the CPAP and also a user manual for the heatedhumidifier. There's also going to be an 80watt power block that will sit in herewith a cord. Here's the machine (I'll
move this out of the way). So here is thenew DreamStation. It's forwardfacing. This is where the tubing would connect, this ison a swivel so you can sit it anywhere you like on your nightstand because this willswivel around. This has a color screen and I'll turn it on for you on in a moment.Has the heated humidifier here, this is the CPAP Portion. You can remove the heated humidifierif you're traveling and you want to just take the machine itself, and you want to takeas least stuff as possible. You press this little button and it releases it. So here'sthe humidifier and here's the CPAP. So you'd connect the tubing right here if you'rejust gonna take the CPAP by itself and leave
the heated humidifier at home. I'll put these two back together. Here ishow you open it up. Here's the water chamber. You fill it withdistilled water. There's a line right here that shows you exactly where to fill it upto. This is all open so you can actually get your hand in there and clean it. There'sno lid right here this is it. When you put this back in here, this gasket in here willseal over this. So it's not it cannot spill now. So, you fill the water tank up from over here.Put it on the tray. Now it's locked in.
So the machine itself has some really neatfeatures. It has ambient light, so the screen is not gonna illuminate your whole bedroom.It will go out. It has a new filter design which is right in here. This is the new filterdesign there is still 2 filters as with many of the other Respironics units. It hasan ultrafine filter here, and then right in here, there's a foam filter. This one'swashable and this one's disposable. It will come with the machine, and we always provideextras. So they're white colored, so you can see when they get dirty. You'd throwthe ultra fine filter away and you'd wash this out.
This is where the SD card is. And this isgonna come with the unit. This is gonna record a lot of information that you can then giveto your if they want to really get some detailed information about your sleeptherapy. This machine will come on board however withsome information. Since this is a pretty sophisticated machine, it's going to give you some morningfeedback, reminders, a 3night summary, goal progress,. It really does try to keep youinvolved in your therapy. Now there's three different models thatare going to be available of this DreamStation. There's going to be the CPAP, a CPAP Pro,and an Auto CPAP. So the first two which is
the CPAP and the CPAP Pro are a standard machine,a standard, fixed machine. Meaning that we would set it on a fixed pressure, a 6, a 10,an 18, whatever your prescription says if you're going to purchase the CPAP or theCPAP Pro, you would set it to that specific pressure and then that would be it. The more soughtafter version which is theAuto, which is this version, does not work that way. It works on a range of pressure.So the machine will automatically adjust the pressure (that's what the Auto means). Themachine will not just stay at a fixed pressure of, let's say, 5 or 6. It will automaticallyadjust up and down as you sleep during the