Dangerous to wear mask without CPAP?

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Dangerous to wear mask without CPAP?

Postby Miss Rumphius » Tue Feb 14, 2006 4:46 pm

I'm a newbie. I just got my FP431 Flexifit today, from online order. DME due to bring CPAP in 2 days. I'd like to wear the mask to get used to it without the "leaf blower". Information pamphlet says don't,, due to inadequate CO2 washout. Is there a way I could temporarily modify it to let me do this, for example, remove the valves??

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Re: Dangerous to wear mask without CPAP?

Postby Daniel » Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:12 pm

Miss Rumphius wrote:I'm a newbie. I just got my FP431 Flexifit today, from online order. DME due to bring CPAP in 2 days. I'd like to wear the mask to get used to it without the "leaf blower". Information pamphlet says don't,, due to inadequate CO2 washout. Is there a way I could temporarily modify it to let me do this, for example, remove the valves??

Nancy


Hi Nancy,

Well, I certainly wouldn't sleep or nap with the mask on (without CPAP), but to get used to it I used to wear the mask (only) while watching TV (for half an hour or so) with no problems. Just make sure that the exhaust pors are open. Of course they should never be closed. This never caused a problem, and was recommended by the sleep clinic.

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Postby Okie » Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:18 pm

While I haven't seen the flexfit mask, all other full face masks I have seen have an emergency flap that opens anytime there isn't positive air pressure in case of cpap outage. Read your manual to be sure about your mask, but I suspect it has this common feature.
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RE: Dangerous to wear mask without CPAP

Postby John 3 » Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:32 pm

With the Flexifit as well as with any mask you can wear it without being attached to the CPAP device, but not while you are sleeping. The manufacturer does not suggest it because of the potential for you to start retaining your CO2, which is not a good thing. I generally advise patients to wear their nasal interfaces without being attached to their CPAP for 5 to 10 minutes to help them get acclimated to wearing their device.
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Postby pauly » Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:21 pm

All these things being said, here's a thought. What happens if and when you loose power in the house? You're in a deep sleep, what's the danger now? I have the FP431 as well. and have often thought of this. Do you think it would wake you up having restricted air flow? Just wondering..........comments....
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Postby merlin » Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:53 pm

Whenever I lose power, I wake up immediately. I guess it's from the difference in air flow.
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Dangerous to wear CPAP mask?

Postby Miss Rumphius » Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:43 am

Thanks, all. I'll start acclimating myself to it tomorrow. Nancy
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Postby Vicki » Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:40 am

Hi Nancy!

The Flexfit 431 (my FF mask too) has an anti-asphyxiation value in it. It is in the piece that attaches to the hose and uses the thin, plastic flaps that look like a double reed on an oboe. Mess with it a little and you will figure out how it works. It is pretty clever.

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