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[Equipment] How long do Nuance Pro nasal pillow cushion masks last?
#1
Hi.

I'm a new CPAP user. I was wondering how long the Nuance Pro nasal pillow cushions typically last. The equipment provider says they last 2 weeks. I suspect in reality they are good for longer than that. Please share how long they last for you and how you know when they need to be replaced.

Thanks in advance!

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#2
Hi LordVader,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I think it is recommended to change the pillows, (cushions," every two weeks, but I could be wrong on that so hang in there for more answers to your question and best of luck to you with your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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#3
according to replacement schedule, 2 nasal pillows (pair) per 1 month
http://www.healthcare.philips.com/pwc_hc..._Hints.pdf
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(03-08-2014, 11:21 PM)LordVader Wrote: I'm a new CPAP user. I was wondering how long the Nuance Pro nasal pillow cushions typically last. The equipment provider says they last 2 weeks. I suspect in reality they are good for longer than that.

My comments are about nasal pillows in general, not necessarily the Nuance. Two weeks is the standard set by Medicare, so insurance companies in the US tend to follow that replacement schedule.

I'm not sure if that's one of those standards that the manufacturers managed to justify based on hygiene, but that's my best guess.

People in other countries are surprised that we in the US replace them that often.

The Opus 360 nasal pillows I use last much much longer than that.

If you think yours are wearing out, but aren't sure, try a new one and see if it's any different. I usually have two in use that I rotate.
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#5
I use the same pillows for 3 months or more. My current Nuance pillows are, what, 2 months now? I'll have to check the dates.

My DME has never offered to replace the pillows according to schedule and I don't see the reason why. They're not that fragile. And the Nuance, since they sit on the exterior of the nostril and go inside so little, I see them lasting much longer.

Heck, I had a set of Breeze pillows I had to make last for over 6 months. I just kept cleaning them well.
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Mine are going on two months now for the nuance pro. They just recently started bothering me and I was unaware there were supposed to be changed that often. I wonder if this is why they are bothering me.
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(03-09-2014, 07:54 PM)Galactus Wrote: Mine are going on two months now for the nuance pro. They just recently started bothering me and I was unaware there were supposed to be changed that often. I wonder if this is why they are bothering me.

If you have a new one, try it but keep the old one just in case.

I've gone weeks or even months with no soreness, then found I had to use a salve (Lansinoh HPA Lanolin) for a few nights.

One mistake I was making was washing the pillows in water that was way too hot, wearing them out too fast. If it's too hot for your hands, it's too hot for your gear.
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#8
Thanks for all of the responses. I did not know that hot water was bad to use. There is a lot to learn about all of this equipment.
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My assumption is hot water at that temp could soften it and reshape it.
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Yup. Super hot water is likely breaking down the silicone making it lose elasticity.

Hot soapy water is what you need to clean and disinfect. It's just that you don't want it scalding hot.

I figure if it's too hot for me to put my hand in it, it's too hot.
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