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How often do you replace masks, hoses, and water chambers?

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How often do you replace masks, hoses, and water chambers?

Postby tazbird3 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:55 pm

Hello. When I first received my CPAP machine, mask, hose, filters, water (humidifer) chambers, I was given instructions that these should be replaced at regular intervals to prevent bacterial infections. I was given the following guidelines: change CPAP filter twice a month; replace the mask every three months; and replace the hose every three months. The headgear (strap) can be replaced every six months; the two water chambers can be replaced every six months.

I do clean the hose, mask, and water chambers as they recommend, but I'm wondering how often people actually replace these items...
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Postby Bearded One » Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:24 pm

I replace things when they need to be replaced. I wash my foam filter every week or two and check my white filter; replacing it if it isn't white anymore. Hoses can last for years. I have never had a headgear wear out because I replace it along with the rest of my mask. Masks can last a year or more.

Those replacement intervals provided by your DME are to try to extract more money from you or your insurance company.
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Postby vivey » Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:28 pm

They told me to replace my stuff even more frequently than that, and for some people, maybe this is the case. Here's the guidelines I've decided for myself and used.

* The hose and water chamber - only when you need it because (1) it's leaking or (2) it won't come clean anymore. (still have my original hose after 2 years and replaced my first chamber a few month ago)

* The filters - when they start looking dusty/no longer white and clean.

* My headgear - when the elastic seems to be losing it's stretchiness or won't stay adjusted anymore. (usually about every 6 months for me).

* The seal (or the nasal pillows in my case) when the leaks start to increase. (about every 2-3 months for me)

Hope this helps.
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Postby LTee43 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:44 pm

I'm now signed up with automatic delivery through Praxair. I get a mask every 3 months, a hose every 6 and filters, forget exactly but they may be once a month. See if you can get set up like this, I should have done it a long time ago. I went with the same mask for a year, but kept it clean. I try to rinse the hose every 2 weeks with mild soap and hot water and let it hang dry.

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can make things last even longer

Postby truckerdad57 » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:16 am

DITTO what Bearded One posted.

You can make the supplies last much longer than the DME's want you to replace them.

BUT.. replace things when they need to be replaced. The parts of masks that touch your skin will get brittle and leak more over time.

I have seen CPAP hoses patched with duct tape, masks taped back together where a pet chewed them up, humidification chambers crusted with lime... some real horror stuff..but the CPAP was still working and making the truck driver feel better.

If you get CPAP replacement supplies for free and don't need them there are folks who do not have insurance and need supplies that they can not afford.
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