My mask is leaking

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My mask is leaking

Postby kdoron51 » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:04 pm

I have a ResMed S8 Autoset Vantage with a Mirage Quatro Full Face Mask. I am using it for the last 6 month. I have also a humidifier connected to it.
My problem is that until now, almost every night, I have air leaks, and in order to prevent it I am tightening the upper and lower straps, which is causing me a lot of pain, especially at the chin connection between the lower jaw and the upper, near the ear, and at the upper part of my nose. When I try to release the lower straps the air leaks begin, and it drives me crazy.
I don't know what to do and how to continue.
Well, it would be nice if anyone could give me some good advice.
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Postby Janknitz » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:14 am

Have you recently replaced the mask?

If not, it's time. They need to be replaced about every 3 months.

If you have, here's a couple of things to try:

1. Start from scratch. That is loosen all the straps, wash your face and the cushion to make sure nothing is oily. Then put the mask on and tighten just enough to keep it from falling off your face while adjusting. It WILL leak at this point. Now, hook up your machine, and on the inspiration phase (when the air is coming in), gently tighten the lower straps only the bare amount necessary to stop it from leaking around the bottom. On another inspiration phase, do the same with the top straps and then the forehead dial. The goal is to have it as LOOSE as possible so that the cushion is fully inflated.

2. While the machine is on, try pulling the mask gently away from your face and then reseating it on your face during an inhalation phase to make sure the cushions are inflated and not creased anywhere.

3. If you are still having leaks after the above, try putting a thin layer of Lanisoh cream or KY jelly on the edge of the cushion to help it seal to your face OR make a thin gasket out of Mack's silicone ear plug "putty" to make the seal. If it's only leaking in one area (e.g. the bridge of your nose), you can use a rope of the silicone putty to try to seal that leak.

If you have a brand new mask and you'v always had leaks with the Quattro, you're not alone. It seems to have a reputation for lots of leaks (and that's been my experience, too). Maybe you need a different mask?
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Thank you very much!

Postby kdoron51 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:35 pm

I will do it this evening.
Doron :-D
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Postby kitty63 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:33 am

Thanks so much! I tried your method last night & it WORKED. Part of my problem is that I had a 35 minute ramp - the mask never leaks then. But just as I am dozing off, the ramp goes off, the full pressure comes on & the leaks start. So I got rid of the ramp (pretty nervy for a newbie, I thought), followed your directions word for word, & had barely a leak all night. I was still up a lot - but that had nothing to do with the leaks. Thanks again. Kathy =D>
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Postby ApexAZ » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:30 pm

The quattro has a dual seal that has to be fairly loose in order to seal properly. It should inflate like a baloon. Tightening the mask often makes it leak more. I couldn't get the thing to work properly cause I think I toss and turn too much.
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