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New CPAP user here with a question about my elbow
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New CPAP user here with a question about my elbow
Howdy! Hi

I just started using CPAP a couple days ago. I've always been a light sleeper. The slightest itch or noise can keep me up for hours, so I was half expecting not to get a single minute of sleep with a pressurized mask strapped onto my face. Well after a lesson of trial and error over the first night or two (and then reading some seriously helpful advice thanks to apneaboard), I was pleasantly surprised to find not only do I fall asleep with this thing, I wake up feeling more refreshed than I ever did in the months prior to this. That kind of tells me how much I needed this. It's not perfect, I still wake up several times to fiddle with the mask, I'm getting lots of 'CA' events in the data, but I know I'm still adjusting so I'll give it more time and just keep plugging away for now. I think it's working wonders already.

Anyway, on to my question: For those with a ResMed masks that have the 'quiet' elbow, any tips on daily washing that little part? I kind of swish mine around in a bowl of soapy water in the morning then rinse under the tap, but even after leaving it on a towel to dry all day I can still shake lots of water out of the tiny holes. The wadded material in the exhaust port seems to soak it up like a sponge. Am I doing it right? Would it be okay to blast it with a hair dryer to blow the water out immediately after washing? TIA
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#2
RE: New CPAP user here with a question about my elbow
Everyone has there own cleaning schedule.

I wash my face mask daily to get rid of any oil from my skin, which is important to reduce leaks.


Weekly I soak the elbow, tubing and water tank in hot soapy water(free and clear with no fragrance) for about 10 minutes and rinse them out. I let them air dry for about 3 hours before I use them again.

I have never had problems with the elbow getting dirty or plugging up.
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RE: New CPAP user here with a question about my elbow
Yup......just soak it in some hot water and dish soap (I use Dawn). Swish it around some as well. Rinse it off and let it air dry.
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RE: New CPAP user here with a question about my elbow
Alright that's reassuring. I'm probably overthinking it then (not surprising, lol)

Think I'll just shake it out as much as I can and not mess with it any more than that.
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RE: New CPAP user here with a question about my elbow
Air drying is fine, or for hose and elbow, you could run the PAP for a minute with them connected, if you need to force drying these internally.
Dave

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RE: New CPAP user here with a question about my elbow
Are all the ResMed elbows of later manufacture the quiet ones? I'm assuming that the ones I have, are.
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RE: New CPAP user here with a question about my elbow
My guess is yes. There may be a few old style around, but likely hard to find is my guess.
Dave

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RE: New CPAP user here with a question about my elbow
Thank-you!  Cool
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RE: New CPAP user here with a question about my elbow
I use a Hurricane Dryer.

Look on amazon > The Hurricane CPAP Equipment Dryer

I love it way better than so clean.
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Brent aka Factor

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RE: New CPAP user here with a question about my elbow
That's a good idea, Dave. I ran the mask-fit test on my machine which cranks the pressure right up, and held the opening of the elbow against my palm to force the air through the exhaust vent. I could feel a good amount of air coming out the vent so I'll give this a whirl the next time I wash it.

The hurricane dryer does look nice, but a little more than I'm willing to spend.
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