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[Equipment] Machine Internal Disinfecting and Maintanance
#11
I keep a light cloth over my machine, This helps keep dust from settling on the top of the machine. My mom doesn't do this and her machine looks dusty on the topside of the machine. This may or may not reduce the dust the machine pulls in, but at least it looks clean on the outside:grin:
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#12
I only got so far with taking the machine apart. My computer tool kit has the right tools but they aren't long enough. I have torx (T10, by the way) the right length somewhere, gawd only knows where. It may have to wait until this weekend for me to get the right ones. I need them anyway for something else. And I hate the screwdriver for the computer kit. It doesn't hold the blanketyblank bits. Drives me nuts.

But I did take pics as I went! If nothing else, to remind me how to put it all back together. And I created a brand spankin' new Photo Bucket user just for this.

http://s1371.photobucket.com/user/PaulaO...t=6&page=1
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#13
Tobacco crud does build up in the machine. It's nearly impossible to remove other than letting the machine air out and removing some of the smell. Some people find the smell eventually goes away. Disgusting as it is, the tobacco smell is probably not harmful.

Disasembly and cleaning is rather difficult in many machines, but is possible, especially if the alternative is throwing it away.

Dust also builds up over time. It can eventually build up enough to affect operation, but it's probably not a big risk to the patient other than when it affects the operation of the machine.
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#14
(11-17-2014, 05:32 AM)DocWils Wrote: We DO have disinfection machines for the inner workings of every type of machine that passes air through it - large industrial types of things, mostly for surgical units and for units that have been in infected areas or need higher sterile requirements, but he sleep lab informs me that they clean and disinfect the hoses, masks and outlet of the CPAP boxes they have, and the exterior of the boxes and swap out the filters between patients, but any cleaning of the inner assembly is done by Philips themselves on a yearly basis, given the heavy use the machines get. They inform me that the machines really don't need to be cleaned all that often inside the blower assembly and the fans don't pick up that much dust thanks to the filters.

Are you talking ethelyne oxide machines? That's about the only thing I can think of that a CPAP machine might survive. I guess a real "industrial" medical ozone unit might work if you were really careful about it, but ozone might eat the plastic or corrode the metal if you had it concentrated enough to reliably sterilize. Gamma or x-ray would probably fry the memory in the computer.

I wonder if Philips actually does any "sterilization" of the machines or just "inspect, clean, and refurbish." Some of the high dollar ventilator machines have replaceable "airflow path" modules.
Get the free SleepyHead software here.
Useful links.
Click here for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
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#15
Thanks, Paula.

I will definitely stay tuned to this thread.
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