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PAP Cleaning Instructions

Did you know most health insurance plans allow you to replace your supplies every 90 days & PAP device every 3-5 year based upon your health insurance policy.

 

Keeping it clean: CPAP hygiene  Download Here

 

A shower or bath is a great way to start your day. But a refreshing dip and a good hygiene routine is just as important for your CPAP as it is for you.

 

Proper upkeep of your CPAP machine can help ensure the device functions properly. “It is vitally important to keep everything as clean as possible, as hoses/tubing and masks can be a prime breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

 

The thorough cleaning of your CPAP machine can be divided into daily and weekly cleaning.

 

Daily Cleaning

 

Get in the habit of wiping down your mask (including areas that come in contact with your skin) using a damp towel with mild detergent and warm water. This will remove any oils, dead skin cells and sweat on the mask that can affect the quality of the seal. Gently rinse with a clean towel and let the mask air-dry.

 

You can also use pre-moistened towels designed specifically for cleaning CPAP masks, which are available at Pulmonary Solutions if needed.

 

If your unit has a humidifier, empty any leftover water instead of letting in sit in the unit all day. Refill the humidifier with clean, distilled water right before bedtime for optimal use.

 

If you’ve been sick, it’s smart to wash your mask, tubing, humidifier and filter daily until your cold, flu or virus symptoms are gone. That can help reduce the amount of time you spend under the weather.

 

Weekly Cleaning

 

Your mask and tubing need a full bath once a week to keep it free of dust, bacteria and germs.

 

Clean the CPAP tubing, nasal mask and headgear in a bathroom sink filled with warm water and a few drops of ammonia-free, mild dish detergent. “Swirl all parts around for about five minutes, rinse well and let air dry during the day. Hang the tubing over the shower rod, on a towel rack or in the laundry room to ensure all the water drips out.

 

The mask and headgear can be air-dried on a towel or hung on a hook or hanger.

“You should also wipe down your CPAP machine with a damp cloth. The towel shouldn’t be too damp or wet, as water could get into the machine.

 

Clean the filter by removing it and rinsing it in warm tap water. “Squeeze it under the water and squeeze to make sure there is no dust. Then blot down the filter with a towel.

 

But don’t wash your machine’s white filter, if one is present—those are disposable and should be replaced once a month. “Just like your house filters, if the white filter is dirty, it should be replaced sooner than once a month.”

 

If your CPAP has a humidifier, that also needs to be cleaned weekly.

Empty any remaining water and then wash the water chamber in the sink with warm soapy water. Rinse well and drain out as much of the water as possible. Let the chamber air-dry before placing it back into the CPAP unit.

 

“Every other week you should disinfect the humidifier. Do that by soaking it in a solution of one part vinegar to five parts water for 30 minutes, thoroughly rinsing and then placing in your dishwasher’s top rack for washing.(Before doing so, confirm your humidifier chamber is dishwasher safe) And keep it clean by using only distilled water to prevent mineral deposits that can build up and cause damage to your machine.

 

With a little upkeep, your CPAP can continue to help you breathe better for a long time. Just a few minutes a day can help keep your CPAP running efficiently for years to come.

 

Replacement of your PAP Supplies is vital, just like changing out your tooth brush every 90 days. Manufacturer recommendations to replace PAP supplies every 90 days, as every health plan has subjective requirements and scheduled utilization and duration. If you are not eligible based upon your health plan, not a problem Pulmonary Solutions offers another alternative cash pay option using our partner powered company CPAP Success4u. However we must verify with your health insurance plan or request Pulmonary Solutions to verify this for you.

 

 When to replace your sleep therapy components*

Component- HCPCS Code

Oral nasal mask- A7027

Oral nasal cushion- A7028

Oral nasal pillow- A7029

Full face mask- A7030

Full face cushion- A7031

Nasal cushion-  A7032

Nasal pillow - A7033

Nasal mask- A7034

Headgear- A7035

Chinstrap- A7036

Tubing- A7037

Filter, fine disposable- A7038

Filter, gross particle- A7039

Humidifier chamber- A7046

​Heated tubing- A4604

Therapy device- E0601

Therapy device- E0470

Therapy device- E0471

Frequency & Duration

1 per 3 months

2 per month or 6 every 90 days

2 per month or 6 every 90 days

1 per 3 months

1 per month or 3 every 90 days

2 per month or 6 every 90 days

2 per month or 6 every 90 days

1 per 3 months

1 per 6 months

1 per 6 months

1 per 3 months

2 per month or 6 every 90 days

1 per 6 months

1 per 6 months

1 per 3 months

1 per 5 years

1 per 5 years

1 per 5 years