Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What happens when CPAP gone wrong?

There are a lot of things that might occur when you use cpap machine and what will you do if cpap went wrong. CPAP is, at the present, the most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. It is, however, only a treatment and has no benefit if it is not used. Current research estimates that the compliance rate for CPAP (how many people use CPAP more than a few months) is approximately 60%. One reason for this may be that CPAP users often experience disagreeable side effects and simply stop using CPAP. Many of these side effects can easily be addressed if a health professional is made aware of the problem or if the CPAP user is educated about ways to manage these problems.



Mask discomfort. This problem usually arises because either the patient adjusts the headgear too tight or because the mask does not fit properly. A CPAP mask should fit the face snuggly to avoid air leak but not so tight that is feels uncomfortable or causes pain. If a mask has to be pulled tightly to prevent leaks the mask does not fit properly! You should contact your sleep specialist or home health provider and let them know that your mask may not fit well and you would like to try another size or style mask. There are a number of makers of CPAP masks and not every nose can wear every mask. Do not let anyone tell you that a sore on your nose is to be expected!

This is common issues when using the cpap machine other parts might also have issues and we encourage you to call your CPAP provider if this things happens. Other cpap users are obliged to visit there provider or to let them know that their cpap machines are having some issues.

Resources: (This printed information was taken from the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) website, a non‐profit organization that does not endorse or recommend any company, products, or health care provider). http://www.kalispellregional.org/data/content/cpap1.pdf







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