(12-16-2012 03:28 AM)Black Sheep Wrote: Hi Ren,
Well before and after CPAP(I mean right now) she uses AirSep 8 l/min dual outlet oxygen maker set to 3 l/min with "nasal" (not the "mask") attachment, the kind with two small short pronges inside the nose and the tubes going back behind ears and under the chin.Her foremost concern was as she was afraid full mask would leak and not give her enough oxygen to breath ,so she fastened the straps tight and and understandably she complained is was not as comfortable as opposed to "nasal tubes".
I'm pretty sure you're referring to a "nasal cannula" she's using with the oxygen.
According to the mask model you listed in your profile, it should have a port on the left side to allow a connection to a supplemental oxygen tube, so she should be able to use both at the same time, I don't know any of the specifics (I don't use it) but other members here that use supplemental O2 will be able to help answer the question as to how to use it properly, I do know that the CPAP should be turned-on first and then the oxygen generator gets turned-on second to prevent O2 from building-up in the CPAP itself. Respironics also makes a CPAP Pressure Valve to prevent O2 from leaking back into the CPAP flow generator.
Here's a short abstract on CPAP vs. O2 therapies: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16585412
Quote:Also she used it with humidity set to 2,last night "I" used it without humidity as I thought it would be like the air I breath which I was wrong.I think I should talk with her doctor on possiblity of using nasal mask instead of full face mask.
The humidifier setting has to be tailored to each individual user, I like it really humid but other people like less humidity.
It's trial and error, if you don't feel like it's high enough then try it a little higher until you figure-out which setting is the most comfortable, if the room temperature is fairly cool and the humidifier is turned-up fairly high this can create condensation inside the hose called rainout, you'll know it when the droplets of water splash you in the face, if this happens she'll need to turn the humidifier down a little bit, there's also hose wraps on the market to help insulate the hose from the cooler room temperature that helps prevent rainout.
One of the most critical parts of effective CPAP therapy is finding which mask works well for you, faces are all different as well as user preferences as to which type of mask feels the best and ultimately works the best without leaking.
If your Mother doesn't ever breathe through her mouth when she sleeps then she might be happier with a nasal mask instead of a full face mask.
You could call your local DME's to see who has the best stock of whichever type of mask she's interested in, there's literally dozen's to choose from.
The important thing to help reduce leaks with any mask is to wash the mask cushion daily with a mild liquid soap (Ivory etc.) and dry it then, before going to sleep she needs to wash her face and not apply any lotions or cream's to the area the mask will be touching. If she's adjusting the mask straps so tight that it's uncomfortable and leaving indentations in her face then that's another indicator it's too tight - a properly fitted mask should not hurt.
Here's a link to some fitting information and video's for your mask: http://www.healthcare.philips.com/main/h...ghtfit.wpd
Congratulations on getting as far as you did! I was given great instructions on using my equipment when I bought my first CPAP but I see more and more people aren't as lucky as I was with my DME.
You'll find there's plenty of people on this board with the same machine that you have and they should be able to help answer any questions you might have about its operation.
Quote:Also another problem old people are used to doing things in a certain way and hate change, especially if they were of "being the boss" type,and to compound things further when I argue with mom ,my dad sides with her besides knowing fully well that using CPAP is not an option it is a must do thing.
The real trick is to make them feel like it was their idea! The only option to using CPAP isn't a good one, you may have to get your Father more involved to ensure she'll continue to use her CPAP, it's just as important as her supplemental O2, in fact, whenever she has an apnea she's not getting ANY air or supplemental O2.
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