Your doctor may prescribe a humidifier to be used with your nasal
CPAP unit. To use your CPAP unit with a humidifier, follow these
Step One - Fill the humidifier with distilled or
boiled tap water.
DO NOT OVERFILL. Never put medicines in your humidifier.
Connect the humidifier to the CPAP unit while the unit is turned off.
Step Two - Take the short connecting tube and attach
one of its ends to the air outlet port on your CPAP unit and attach
its opposite end to the inlet port on the humidifier.
You are now ready to use your humidifier.
If your humidifier is integrated or ATTACHED to your CPAP unit, then you only need to attach your long hose to the outlet port.
General Tips and Suggestions on CPAP Therapy
Always wash your hands prior to handling your CPAP equipment.
HAND WASHING TECHNIQUE:
Step One - Wet hands thoroughly with water.
Step Two - Place soap in palm of one hand.
Step Three - Wash hands for one to two minutes
using a rotary motion and friction.
Wash the Backs and Palms of each hand. Wash Between all your fingers.
Step Four - Thoroughly rinse both hands under running
If you experience any of the following problems, call your doctor.
• Fever or chills
• Increased mucus production
• Increased irritability
• Loss of appetite
• Audible grunting
• Increased shortness of breath
• Chest pain
• Increased cough
• Change in mucus color
• Swelling in your ankles
• Swelling around your eyes
• Weight gain overnight
• Feeling dizzy or sleepy
• Decreased concentration
• Any change in physical sensation after taking a new
Physical Problems Resulting From Mask Use
Problems With the CPAP Unit
| Never immerse the CPAP unit
Never try to clean the compressor by placing it in water. The electrical components will be damaged and the user will receive an electrical shock the next time the unit is plugged into an electrical outlet.
Never plug in the CPAP unit if it is wet or damp.
Moisture always increases the potential of electrical shock.
Never plug your CPAP unit into an electrical outlet
that is being used to supply power to another appliance.
Plug your CPAP unit into an electrical outlet that is NOT being used to supply electricity to other appliances. If you need to use the same outlet that is shared by other equipment, make sure the other appliances are NOT being used at the same time.
Never try to repair your CPAP unit.
Your CPAP unit is considered medical equipment and needs to be worked on by an electrical professional. If you are renting this equipment, call Certified Provider of Airway Products and your machine will be replaced. If you have purchased the compressor, contact an approved electrical repair center.
Never use your CPAP unit with an extension cord.
Make sure to read the manual that came with your CPAP unit and also follow their safety precautions.
If you have misplaced your manual, many manufacturers have downloadable versions or a way for you to get another copy on their websites.
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