Staying compliant with your sleep apnea treatment is more important than ever before in this era of Coronavirus. Your best defense against Coronavirus is a healthy, well-rested body. Here are some tips to help you stay safe while continuing your CPAP therapy.
The CDC recommends that you clean and disinfect your medical equipment per manufacturer instructions. Follow directions on how to clean both the outside and the inside of your machines, masks and accessories. Here are some recommended best practices.
Enhanced sanitation may be an extra precaution to protect against the coronavirus. CPAP cleaners and sanitizers, like the SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer or the Sleep8 Cleaner & Sanitizer Device use activated oxygen or ozone to naturally sterilize your equipment with no chemicals. These units kill 99.9% of viruses and germs within seconds of exposure.
Follow mask replacement protocols to avoid any mask from becoming a source for infection. Mask parts including cushions, headgear, and tubing need to be replaced on a regular basis. Cushions should be changed very 3 months, headgear every 6 months, and tubing every 6-9 months. As a whole, your CPAP mask should be changed once a year.
For your CPAP machine, remember to replace parts such as your water chamber, filters, and tubing as indicated.