For most sleep apnea users, discomfort with the CPAP device is a primary reason for not adhering to therapy. In ResMed machines, user comfort for continuity of CPAP therapy is a primary concern and the same is reflected in the designs of ResMed machines and masks. However, like with all technical devices and equipment,CPAP machines and masks, whether ResMed or other brands, need timely repairs and maintenance. Often, if you feel your CPAP device is not working, following some simple troubleshooting steps can resolve the matter.
A word of caution here: The device should not be tampered with and technical matters must be handled by an authorized ResMed professional only.
Correcting air pressure
Pressure calibration for your ResMed CPAP machines is done by your healthcare advisor. However, in case of minor problems, there are certain steps you can take. First, inspect the condition of the tube supplying air. Is it bent or does it have holes that could cause a leakage? You may also need to check if the hose or tube is connected to the machine properly. Check for connection between the tubing and your mask. In case of any loose connections, tighten them up to ensure sealing.
Any leakage at the place of joining could lead to problem in the overall pressure.
Ensuring optimal pressure delivery
Check with your ResMed CPAP machines and masks distributor about the range and options they have for your needs. Remember that even features such as facial bone structure, beards and moustaches will have an effect on the fit of your mask. Your distributor can also help you choose a specific kind of mask, such as a gel cushion mask or a nasal pillow, depending on your needs and the kind of sleep apnea you suffer from.
Checking for filters
Ensure your air filters are clean and unclogged. If needed, clean them as per instructions regularly. You can also contact a ResMed CPAP professional to find out more about regular maintenance and to carry out a service for your machines or masks in case you do not feel confident enough to undertake it yourself. In case you feel you can do it, follow the instruction manual in detail to avoid damaging your equipment. Remember that the aim of any maintenance exercise is to ensure more comfortable therapy, and thus, better compliance.
Choosing to replace parts
Check your ResMed CPAP masks and machines regularly for signs of wear and tear. Also check whether you need to replace them. ResMed provides sound technical support for equipment, and you can check with them in case you feel your device may not work without a replacement. In case you need to carry out a replacement, be sure to insist on a genuine ResMed CPAP device part, whether it is for a machines ormasks.
The decision to replace
ResMed CPAP devices, including masks and machines are designed to ensure safe and effective CPAP delivery. However, over a period of use, your mask will collect oils from your skin and dead skin cells and other debris. Regular cleaning and care ensures continued hygiene and efficacy in air pressure delivery. Even then, protracted use will slowly loosen elements such as elasticity of the grip, or the flexibility of the tube, or cause cracking of the surface of the equipment such as tube and pillows. Equipment like the filters and water chamber may simply turn old and need replacing.