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 An introduction to CPAP/BIPAP therapy

1. Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is the frontline treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. - PAP therapy keeps your airway open during the night by gently providing a constant stream of air through a mask you wear while you sleep. This eliminates the breathing pauses caused by sleep apnea, so you will no longer snore or make choking noises in your sleep. You will be able to sleep through the night without your body waking up from a lack of oxygen. Read more...

2. When you use PAP each night, you will feel more alert during the daytime. - Your mood will improve and you will have a better memory. PAP prevents or even reverses serious health problems linked to sleep apnea such as heart disease and stroke. Your partner may even sleep better because you will stop snoring. Read more...

3. PAP therapy comes with a machine, flexible tubing and a mask. - Most machines are small, lightweight and relatively quiet. You can keep the PAP machine on your nightstand or at the side of your bed. Read more...

4. The mask may cover only your nose or both your nose and mouth. - Another option is to use "nasal pillows," which fit in your nostrils. No matter what type of mask you use, it is important that it fits well and is comfortable. The mask must make a seal in order to keep your airway open through the night. A good mask seal will prevent air leaks and maintain the right level of air pressure. Read more...

5. Your sleep doctor will determine the amount of air pressure needed for PAP to treat your sleep apnea. - The doctor may recommend a PAP titration study to calibrate your air pressure setting. Most PAP units also come with a timed pressure “ramp” setting. This starts the airflow at a very low level, so you can fall asleep comfortably. The setting then slowly raises the pressure while you sleep until it reaches the right level to treat your sleep apnea. Read more...

6. PAP is a lifestyle change. - It works best when used every night, for the entire time you are sleeping. You also should use PAP when you are napping. Just one night without the treatment can have a negative impact on your blood pressure. The more you use PAP, the better you will feel. Proper PAP operation requires the user to follow specific manufacturer instructions as outlined in the patient instructions manual. Resmed user manual...

Types of PAP therapy

There are several forms of positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy. All forms of PAP therapy keep yourairway open as you sleep by providing a stream of air through a mask that you wear:

CPAP

Continuous positive airway pressure is one constant pressure. Read more...

APAP (Auto CPAP) 

Auto titrating positive airway pressure (APAP) therapy automatically raises or lowers your air pressure as needed during the night. Read more...

BIPAP 

Bilevel positive airway pressure (BIPAP) devices have two alternating levels of pressure. When you breathe in air, the pressure rises. The pressure decreases as you breathe out. If you have a problem with CPAP or APAP, your sleep doctor may recommend BPAP. Your doctor also may recommend using BPAP if you have sleep apnea along with another breathing disorder. Read more...

Types of Masks

Other Accessories 

PAP - Side Effects 

PAP therapy has relatively minor side effects. Most of these problems can be fixed through simple adjustments: 

- Strap marks or skin sores - This side effect is often due to a poor mask fit. By readjusting or switching the type of mask that youuse, you can eliminate these symptoms. You also should adjust your mask straps to make sure they are not too tight.
- Dry nose and sore throat - A humidifier attached to your PAP unit reduces dry nose and sore throat by providing cool or heated moisture to the air.
- Nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing - Using a saline nasal spray can ease mild nasal congestion. Taking an over-thecounter nasal decongestant is another option. In severe cases, your doctor may prescribe a stronger decongestant for you.
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Additional PAP Information

The full service we are offering is specifically designed to meet your business needs.

As with most medical equipment devices there are do’s and don’ts you should be familiar with. When using electrical products, especially when children are present, basic safety precautions should always be followed. Ensure you read all instructions before operating any electrical apparatus. In the information you may read important safety related issues will be identified with the terms such as DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION or NOTE.

A “DANGER” marking indicates the existence of urgent safety information for hazards that might cause serious injury or death. DANGER information associated with your PAP unit is intended to reduce the risk of electrical shock and include:
- Do not use while bathing; do not place or store your PAP unit where it can fall or be pulled into a tub or sink.
- Do not place in or drop your PAP unit into water or other liquids.
- Do not reach for your PAP unit if it has fallen into water or other liquid until the unit has been unplugged or otherwise de-energized.

A “WARNING” marking indicates the existence of important safety information for hazards that might cause serious injury.

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- Close supervision is necessary when your CPAP unit is used near children or invalids.
- Use your PAP unit only for its intended purpose.
- Keep the power cord away from heated surfaces.

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Never operate your PAP unit if it: has a damaged power cord, has been dropped or otherwise damaged, is not working properly, has been dropped into water or any other liquid.

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- Your PAP device is not intended for invasive applications.
- Your PAP device is not intended for life support.

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All patient settings must be determined via appropriate diagnostic testing and monitoring. These settings are only to be adjusted by authorized personnel in accordance with a physician’s prescription. 

 A “CAUTION” marking indicates the existence of information for preventing damage to the piece of equipment. A “NOTE” marking indicates information to which you should pay special attention. Caution: Don’t block the air flow openings on the unit. Air must flow freely around the unit for the system to work properly. Make sure bedding, curtains, or other items are not blocking air flow openings or vents.

1. Connect one end of the circuit tubing to the air outlet port on unit.
2. Connect the appropriate connectors to the free end of the tubing
3. Put on your mask, adjusting it for a proper fit and connect it to the fitting installed on the free end of the tubing.
4. Ensure the power cord is properly attached to the unit and on an appropriate power source.
5. As appropriate, energized the unit. Some units are designed to power up as soon as they are attached to the appropriate power source.
6. Relax. Keep your mouth closed and take slow relaxed breathe through your nose
Note: If you incur any discomfort while utilizing your PAP contact your medical equipment supplier, as soon as possible.

See CLCE003 for PAP Cleaning and Maintenance Information