CPAP Equipment: Care & Replacement, Part 2
By August 17, 2010 7,438 1 19
Choose a mild pure soap for use in cleaning your mask and tubing. Never use harsh soaps, chlorine bleach, antibacterial, or alcohol-based solutions. Aromatic solutions and scented oils should not be used. To cut soap residue or to disinfect, use 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water solution after cleaning.
CPAP Mask Care
The mask is comprised of different components, including the outer frame, inside soft cushion, and the headgear. The soft mask cushion that lies against our face is fragile and most vulnerable. To help add longevity to your mask, remove make-up at night and place the mask on clean skin free of oils and moisturizers. Daily, clean the soft cushion with a mild pure soap mix and air dry. Handle the delicate cushion gently to avoid tearing. Weekly, the mask frame and headgear should be hand washed in the same gentle manner. Always air dry.
CPAP Tubing Care
Tubing should be replaced annually or more often if needed. Tiny holes can develop that are hard to see with the naked eye. These holes can compromise the proper delivery of prescribed and adequate pressure. Pets seem to love CPAP tubing, especially cat claws and tiny teeth. A tubing cover will protect the hose.
Clean tubing weekly. Fill your sink with a mix of warm water and mild liquid soap. Lay tubing in the mix to allow water to clean the entire inside surface area. A small baby bottle brush may be gently used to clean inside tubing if necessary. However be careful not to cut through the fragile tubing material between the coils. Rinse well and allow tubing to hang and air dry.
The Medicare replacement schedule is provided below. Private insurance typically allows mask and tubing replacement every 6 months, filters every 90 days and machines every 5 years. Replacement schedules from private insurers will vary, however. Check to see what your durable medical equipment coverage allows.
CMS (Medicare) Recommendations for CPAP Supply Replacement
Full Face Mask A7030 90 days
Full Face Cushion A7031 30 days
Nasal Cushion A7032 30 days
Replacement Pillow A7033 30 days
CPAP Mask A7034 90 days
CPAP Headgear A7035 180 days
CPAP Chinstrap A7036 180 days
CPAP Tubing A7037 30 days
Disposable Filter A7038 30 days
Non-disposable Filters A7039 180 days
Oral Interface A7044 90 days
Heated Humidifier E0562 5 Years
CPAP Machine E0601 5 Years
Humidifier Chamber A7046 180 days
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