You finally have your machine… now what?

At Quality DME, Inc., we feel it is important to know exactly how to use your CPAP/BIPAP machine. Following these steps will help you get the best results!

Set up your machine

  • Your machine should be on a flat surface at or below head level.
  • Always plug the machine directly into the wall – do not use an extension cord.
  • Fill your humidifier chamber with distilled water; this will help keep the chamber clean.
  • Attach the tubing to the machine and the other end to your mask.

Mask fitting:

  • Apply the mask to your face as instructed by your set up technician.
  • Refer to your user manual for specific instructions on adjusting the mask headgear.
  • Tip: For the best results, adjust the mask with the machine powered on and pressure flowing.

Start therapy:

  • Power on the machine as instructed by your set up technician.
  • Use the ramp feature to help adjust to your prescribed pressure setting.
  • Refer to your user manual for further instructions regarding your machine.

Sleep!

  • CPAP/BIPAP therapy takes time to get used to. In the first few days you will likely experience some difficulty with sleep onset and may wake after just a couple of hours.
  • The key to effective therapy is consistency – make sure you attempt to sleep with your CPAP/BIPAP every single day.
  • It takes most patients 3-4 weeks to adjust to therapy, so stay with it!

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