• over 1 year ago

    CPAP user

    Do I need a CPAP sanitizer? Does anyone have one and does it work well. One writer said the UV light does not sanitize well, what is the truth?

Responses

  • 11 months ago

    RE: CPAP user

    Such units are now frequently advertised on TV. During a recent visit of my to my CPAP physician at the Stanford Outpatient Clinic, where I obtain all my CPAP care this topic was discussed. I was told that recent research on devices designed to clean the entire system, including the machine, have shown that the useful life of the CPAP machine can be substantially reduced. As such it was recommended that I do not consider using one. I have been on CPAP now for about 15 years and this is the procedure I have used for cleaning since I started with it:

    1. Remove all external equipment including masks, headgear, hoses and water tanks.
    2. Rinse all these things, except for headgear, first with tap water, then with WATER based mouthwash. Do not use mouthwash containing alcohol.
    3. Rinse with clean water and let air dry.
    4. Wash, then rinse headgear by hand with delicate fabric laundry detergent, them let air dry.
    5. Check the air filters on the main machine and either clean or replace as necessary.


    That's it and it takes less than 15 minutes aside from drying time. The mouthwash cleans out any mucus and kills bacteria while leaving a refreshing scent in the equipment.

    Should the water tank have hard water deposits, let it soak in vinegar for an hour or so till the deposits disappear. Rinse completely then follow it with the mouthwash cleaning to for a refreshing sent and to insure it to be free of bacteria.

    Using this technique I generally do a complete mask, headgear, hose, and tank replacement only around once a year. I have never incurred a respiratory illness from my CPAP since starting to use it. This method is also inexpensive to use and requires no special equipment.
  • 11 months ago

    RE: CPAP user

    My CPAP supplier has the opinion that they are extremely exaggerated in their adverts. She tells me most people wash their mask weekly, or so... Personally, I clean mask and hose a couple of times a month in an H2O2 (3%),,, works for me...
  • 11 months ago

    RE: CPAP user

    I was recently told by my infectious disease doctor to purchase the CPAP sanitizer, So Clean. He highly recommended it since I currently have a MRSA infection in my nose, and had an abscess prior to that on my body. I was also told not to use the CPAP until I did so. I have yet to purchase the sanitizer.
      • 11 months ago
        Your infectious disease likely is experienced with his field but not necessarily sleep medicine. I would first check with a sleep medicine provider with an MD before making any decisions. If you go for the device, you need to do so with the understanding that it might shorten the useful life of the CPAP machine requiring it to be replaced more frequently.
  • 11 months ago

    RE: CPAP user

    I rinse my unit and nose cushion with hot water and the sanitizing wipes. I've had no problem with this process.