Patients that suffer from Sleep Apnea often require CPAP Equipment which is short for (Continuous positive airway pressure – CPAP). This kind of device is used for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. A CPAP machine utilises a hose which is connected to a mask or nosepiece to deliver an ongoing flow of air pressure to the patient.
Ultimately, the best type of CPAP Equipment, are the ones that provide patient comfort and reliability for unobstructive airflow.
In order, to determine what is the best CPAP Equipment available for patients that suffer from Sleep Apnea, first you must look at, it is important to consider the following:
CPAP Masks which fit correctly
A common problem that patients are faced with when using CPAP Masks, are ones which don’t fit correctly, and this issue must be addressed as soon as possible, as not all CPAP Masks are designed to fit the varying shapes and contours of a patients face.
Additionally, there are a number, of CPAP masks which cover the entire face, which are called Full Face CPAP Masks. Other types of masks which cover just the nasal passage are called Nasal Pillow Masks, and these are designed for people that may feel a full-face mask is uncomfortable and makes them feel claustrophobic. However, Nasal Pillow masks may not be the correct choice for people who move around a lot throughout the night, as they can become tangled and may come off more easily.
Only use an Antibacterial Fabric in your CPAP Equipment
Antibacterial fabrics are designed to provide patients many health benefits. For example; Antibacterial CPAP Fabric last longer and ensures fungi and other bacteria don’t build up on the fabric, as this could lead to other health related issues.
There are many types of Antibacterial Fabrics used in CPAP Chin Straps and CPAP Masks, and they provide patients peace of mind and comfort.
Only buy a reputable CPAP Machine
Sometime patients may feel that a less expensive CPAP machine is the best way to go, because they may save some money. However, this is certainly not the case. It is advised that you buy CPAP equipment from reputable companies such as Resmed to name one. Resmed is a leading name in the Sleep Apnea sector and they provide extremely effective CPAP Equipment specifically designed for patient comfort.
You should also ensure that when purchasing a CPAP Machine, you buy it new and it comes with a good warranty, as it is more than likely that your CPAP Machine will require regular servicing and this can sometimes be a little expensive, if outside warranty periods.
Ultimately the best CPAP machine is the one that provides the patient a good night sleep with a minimal amount of discomfort. Therefore, it is wise to consider a couple of other items as follows:
How noisy is the machine?
It is hard enough to sleep at the best of times, but with the added pressure of sleeping with something foreign on your face, it is important that the noise is kept to a minimum. An effective machine will make little noise, so it is very important to consider this in your decision-making process.
Does it have an inbuilt Humidifier?
By having a humidifier in your CPAP machine, ensures that the air travelling from the machine into your mouth and noise, don’t cause your airways to become dry and as a result irritates your airways.
Is your CPAP Machine Portable?
Portability is an important consideration should you travel frequently or if you move around a lot, so consider a CPAP Machine that is light weight and portable.
Does it have an Exhalation pressure relief?
This type of feature is extremely important as this ensure that patients don’t have to struggle with the breath they exhale not feeling forced, as it is being pushed against the pressure of the air coming in from the CPAP equipment. It is all about patient comfort and this feature should be a major consideration.
Does your CPAP Machine have Data Recording?
The ability for your CPAP Machine to give you deep data analysis on your sleeping activity is well worth the extra cost, as this can help provide patients with additional information which would enable them to make informed decisions for other Sleep Apnea purchases.
All in all, when purchasing Sleep Apnea Equipment, it is recommended that patients select CPAP Equipment which provides them as much comfort as possible from the Antibacterial Fabrics used in CPAP Chin Straps and CPAP Head Gear, to the CPAP Machines that stay on throughout the night. So only go with a reputable brand who has been in the business of providing patients the highest level of comfort for decades.
At Biomed we are a medical fabric manufacturer who specialise in Antibacterial fabrics which are used to manufacture CPAP chin straps and CPAP headgear equipment, ensuring maximum comfort and reliability for patients. Biomed has a longstanding partnership with ResMed to supply latex free Chin straps and headgear, which has been providing superior patient comfort for decades. For more information on our full range of CPAP Equipment or other medical textiles, please do not hesitate to contact the professional Biomed team on (02) 9758 3855.