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,