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Why change my Swift FX pillows?
#1
The consensus is that one should replace the pillows in a Swift FX two times a month, although there seems to be some complaining that insurance companies sometimes won't pay for more than one per month.

I'm trying to figure out why I need to change the pillow. I've been using the same pillow for about 20 days and it seems the same as when it was new, with no loss of flexibility, no more leaks than before.

So what will happen if I just continue to use the same pillow? Will it become toxic and I'll die from a terminally rotten nose? Will it explode in my face? Will it send a secret message to Resmed and they'll send goons out to make me buy more pillows? Smile
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#2
My DME tells me that I'm supposed to change mine every two weeks. I usually don't change it more often than once a month. As you keep it clean by washing it in hot soapy water, I don't see why it would need to be changed anywhere near that often.

Like you, I don't detect any signs of wear.
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#3
My insurance will only pay to change my pillows once a month. I haven't changed mine in the 5 months that I've used them. I wipe them with unscented baby wipes about once a week. Occasionally I forget and the pillows don't get wiped off for two weeks. I have replacements ready for when they get soft or stiff.
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#4
Gosh, I guess I go for 3 months. I wipe them off once a week or so. If I have a cold or allergies, I clean them off each morning.

Edited to add: I don't have the swift, I use the Breeze. I used the Swift LT or whatever for about 2 years. Never had an issue with the pillows.
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#5
I wash my pillows weekly and replace them about every 6 months. I've never noticed any difference in a new one versus a 6 month old one. When I had an online DME providing me supplies, they sent me a new mask every three months with pillows for every month.

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#6
(05-05-2012, 03:47 PM)bobg1946 Wrote: Send me a PM if you can use FREE large nasal pillows for the Respironics Optilife mask (they are in still in their original packaging).

Thanks for all the comments. I guess I won't worry about it. Still, it's strange that everything I read says you should change them every two weeks. Must be more phony scare tactics from Resmed's marketing department. Amazing that they even got insurance companies to go along with the scam.

And to add to bobg's offer, I have a large and a small pillow for the Swift FX, new in original packaging. Free to a good home, or I'll trade for mediums. Just send me a PM.
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#7
(05-06-2012, 09:07 AM)JJJ Wrote: [quote='bobg1946' pid='9073' dateline='1336250840']Still, it's strange that everything I read says you should change them every two weeks. Must be more phony scare tactics from Resmed's marketing department. Amazing that they even got insurance companies to go along with the scam.

It's hard to say if it's a scam. The thing is, it's a device that makes contact with mucous membranes. There's therefore an increased risk of bacterial and viral infections.

Changing them every two weeks does seem excessive, though. It may be that I make mine last longer because I lubricate with lanolin.

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#8
I find that as they age they begin to hurt where they contact the nostril and take this as my indication that they need changed. Generally this seems to be from one to three months. Whether this might be from a gain or loss in resiliency, I have no idea. I wash them each week with the rest of my gear in dish soap and warm water.
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#9
I've been using the same Swift FX Nasal Pillows (medium) for almost 2 years, I wash them periodically, thats all, never had a problem.
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#10
Sorry, but that's just gross. Even cleaning them, there's going to be crap in the pores.
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