• By Clay Rollyson
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So many CPAP users have used the SoClean 2 CPAP sanitizing system for years. It was the most simple and automatic method for keeping germs, bacteria, mold and other harmful things out of your CPAP Equipment. Now the SoClean 3 has launched and promises to be the new best option. In this blog we will compare and review the differences and similarities between the two systems. Additionally, we have some very informative links about the safety of Ozone and what the FDA has said about the use of SoClean at the bottom of this article.

Similarities of SoClean 2 and SoClean 3:

SoClean boasts that they have a safe and effective method for sanitizing your CPAP Equipment if used properly. Both the 2 and the 3 have features that ensure you are connected correctly, and that the Ozone is ventilated properly. This is important because ozone (ionized oxygen) can be harmful. Both SoClean models also allow you to run the ozone throughout the internal portions of the mask and tubing. This ensures that none of the bad stuff can hide in the crevices. Both are designed for the nightstand, and both connect directly to your CPAP Equipment.

Similarities Breakdown:

  • Nightstand location– Both are designed to be connected beside your CPAP Equipment. They both also need to be connected to power.
  • Ozone– The SoClean 2 and 3 both use ionized oxygen to kill the bad stuff.
  • Safety Features– The safety features of both are designed to keep the ozone where it is supposed to be.
  • Works internally– They both push the ozone through the internal components of the mask and tubing.

Differences of SoClean 2 and SoClean 3:

Obviously, since both models are in circulation there are reasons why CPAP users might choose one or the other. The differences between these two models will likely be the reason why you choose one or the other. For instance, SoClean 2 is the only one that moves ozone through the water chamber internally. While the SoClean 3 only does the mask and tubing. On another note, SoClean 3 is smaller and will take up less space on the nightstand. We all know how tight the nightstand can get.

Differences Breakdown:

  • Full ozone intrusion– The SoClean 2 connects to the CPAP humidifier. This allows the ozone to circulate from the water chamber all the way through the mask and tubing. The SoClean 3 only moves the ozone through the mask and tubing.
  • Dimensions– The SoClean 3 checks in at 7.5″ tall x 9.5″ wide x 7″ deep footprint. The SoClean 2 is 8.75″ tall x 7.25″ wide x 7.75″ deep.
  • Progress bar– You can see how far along the SoClean 3 is in its cleaning cycle visually on the top with the progress bar.
  • Safety lock– The SoClean 3 will not allow you to open the lid until the ozone has been reverted. Even if you stop the cleaning cycle.

Can Ozone be bad?

You do not want to breath in ozone. It can be harmful to you physically as well as to CPAP parts over time. However, SoClean stands behind the safety of their devices as long as you use them correctly. This means that you should only use their SoClean parts and follow proper setup and use instructions. However, with the SoClean 2 you will likely have ozone intrusion into the internal components of your CPAP machine. This may cause corrosion or early breakdown of plastic and metal parts. Likely causing a shorter lifespan for your CPAP device. In fact, most manufacturers do not recommend using ozone on their CPAP equipment. They typically recommend mild soap and water. The SoClean 3 does not allow ozone into the CPAP and does not cause this issue.

Click here to read the FDA warning on Ozone CPAP Cleaners

Click here to view FDA voluntary recall notice for SoClean

Click here to read about the use of Ozone on Food and water by NIH

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  • By Clay Rollyson
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The Luna 2 CPAP Machine from react health is a great option for treating Sleep Apnea. It is quiet, reliable and effective. In this blog we will show you how to get the very most out of your Luna 2 CPAP machine. From setup and operation to adjustments and maintenance. We cover it all here for you. Below we will break down everything you need to be successful.

Luna 2 CPAP Quick Setup Instructions:

Setting up your Luna 2 CPAP Machine is super easy but must be done properly if you want it to work properly. The video above does a great job of helping you navigate that process. Below we have a step-by-step layout to show you how to get started on the right foot with your Luna 2 CPAP.

Luna 2 Setup Instructions:

  1. Remove your Luna 2 CPAP from the travel case.
  2. Connect your AC power supply to the power brick converter and to the wall outlet.
  3. Connect your power supply to the Luna 2. Power port is located at the top and back of the CPAP. Be careful to match the plug up correctly to avoid damage to the plug and power port.
  4. Connect your tube to the air outlet on the back and the mask to the other end of the tube.
  5. Pull out your Humidifier chamber and fill to the max line with distilled water. Reinstall the water chamber.
  6. You are now ready to turn on your Luna 2 with the knob on top and enjoy a restful night’s sleep.

Proper Adjustment for your Luna 2 CPAP:

The Luna 2 Setup menu has most of the same adjustments as most other CPAPs. The video above will detail how to access that menu and when to make adjustments. We also detail them below for a quick reference.

Luna 2 CPAP User Settings Adjustments:

  • Humidifier– This adjustment will allow you to add more or less humidity to the air that you are breathing. If you wake up dried out then you should increase this setting. If you wake up and have condensation or water in your tube or mask, then this setting should be decreased.
  • Ramp Time– This is the amount of time the Luna 2 will take to go from your Starting Pressure to your Therapy Pressure.
  • Date– You can set your current date and time here.
  • Time– Set your local time here. This can be a big deal for compliance reports.
  • Brightness– High brightens the screen and low will dim the screen.
  • Mask Type– Set the type of mask that you use. Nasal, Full, or Pillow. The mask setting can affect the operation.

Luna 2 CPAP Maintenance and Cleaning:

If you take care of your Luna 2 CPAP machine, you will likely have years of quiet and effective therapy. The important part is that you maintain it properly. Above you will find a great video demonstrating exactly how to do that. In addition we have a quick list and instructions below.

Luna 2 Maintenance needs:

  • Filter– There is a black foam filter located on the back bottom corner of your CPAP. To access the filter you will remove the housing and pull out the filter. Rinse it well, dry it off and put it back in the housing. Reattach the housing to the back of the CPAP. Failure to clean the filter is the number one reason your Luna 2 CPAP machine will fail.
  • Water Chamber– Wash your water chamber with soap and water weekly. Rinse very well and allow it to air dry. It helps to empty the water chamber every morning after use and refill at night with clean distilled water.
  • Mask and Tubing– Wash your mask and tubing with light dish soap and water. Rinse it very well and allow to fully air dry before use.

Luna 2 Helpful Links:

 
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  • By Clay Rollyson
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If you have received the AirSense 10 CPAP by ResMed, then you are already on the right track. Your next step is to make sure that you take advantage of all the benefits that this great CPAP provides. In this blog we will give you all that information in bite-sized chunks to make it easy to understand. From setup and settings to maintenance and troubleshooting. We cover it all here.

Setting up your AirSense 10 CPAP:

Setting up your AirSense 10 is very simple but needs to be done correctly. Above, we have a great setup video that will give you awesome step-by-step instructions with visual aid to make the setup very easy. You can also follow the simple steps below to ensure that you are off to a proper start.

Setting up your AirSense 10 CPAP:

  1. Pull your ResMed AirSense 10 from your travel case.
  2. Set it on a level surface close to where you will be sleeping. Usually, a nightstand is best. It is also a good idea for the surface to be close to the same height as your bed.
  3. Attach the AC plug to the converter brick and then connect the other end of the cord to the back of the AirSense 10. It is a yellow receptacle on the lower backside of the CPAP machine.
  4. Now you will attache your tube to the back of the CPAP. If it is a standard tube either end will connect to the CPAP. If it is a heated tube, make sure to insert the hose properly so that the power plug connects into the CPAP machine.
  5. Connect your mask to the other end of the tube.
  6. Next you will open the Humidifier Chamber, fill to the max line with distilled water, close the lid, and slide the water chamber into place on the right side of the CPAP machine.
  7. You are now ready to fit your mask to your face and press the start button on top of the AirSense 10 CPAP for a great night sleep.

Adjusting your AirSense 10 for the Most Comfort:

Now that you have your ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP setup and you have started therapy, you will want to be sure that you understand how to make it work best for your specific needs. Everybody is different and will have different preferences and needs. In the video above and in the details below we will describe those settings and how to adjust them for your success. You will find these settings in the “My Options” selection from your main menu. If you are not seeing some of these settings your allowance may be limited. You can change that with this tutorial here.

AirSense 10 Patient Settings Explanation:

  • Ramp Time– This setting allows you to control the time the AirSense 10 will take to get from your Minimal Starting Pressure to your Therapy Pressure. It is a great way to help you adjust to CPAP Therapy. The higher you set this time the longer you will have at the lower pressure. This can help you fall asleep. It can be adjusted from 0-45 minutes. You also have the “Auto” setting which allows the CPAP to do this on its own, based on your breath rate.
  • Humidity Level– This setting can be adjusted from 0-8. The higher you go the more humidity will be added. Increase this setting if you are dried out. Decrease this setting if you have excess condensation in your mask or tubing. You may be seeing Climate Control and Tube temp settings. We detail those below.
  • Pressure Relief– This setting will help you exhale. If it is on, then the AirSense 10 will reduce the pressure as you exhale. If it is turned off, then there will be no pressure reduction on exhalation.
  • SmartStart– This setting allows the AirSense 10 to turn itself on as soon as you put on your mask and start breathing.
  • Mask– This is where you set the type of mask that you are using. It is an important thing to have set correctly for the sake of the algorithm.
  • Tube– Most AirSense 10 users are equipped with a Slimline 15mm tube. You can change that to a Standard tube if you have changed to the thicker 22mm tube. If you are using a ClimateLine Heated Tube, then the setting will adjust itself for you.
  • Run Mask Fit– This allows you to try on your mask and make adjustments for a proper seal. Start and Stop it from here.
  • Run Warm up– This will pre-heat your water in the humidifier so that it is giving you good humidification right off the bat.
  • Airplane mode– This turns the cell modem on and off.
  • Climate Control– If you have a heated Climateline Tube you will see this setting. You can leave it in Auto mode, and it will adjust the Humidity and Tube Temp on its own for you. You can put it in Manual Mode as well. In that mode you can adjust Humidity as described above. You will also see tube temp which you will adjust up or down to account for condensation. Increase the tube temp to reduce condensation.

AirSense 10 Maintenance and Cleaning:

Hopefully you are now off to a great start to CPAP Therapy on your AirSense 10. Over time you will have to make sure that you keep it running properly. This involves keeping up with a few disposable parts as well as a few parts that will need periodic cleaning. Check out the video above or the parts detail below for a quick overview.

AirSense 10 parts to maintain:

  • Humidifier Chamber– The water tank on the AirSense 10 will last 6-12 months if maintained. Clean with mild dish soap and water weekly. Empty every morning and let it air-dry. Only use distilled water in the tank. View replacement water chambers here.
  • Intake Filter– On the left side of this CPAP there is a little vented door. You can flap that door down to expose a small white filter. This is a disposable filter that should be checked weekly and changed at the first sign of discoloration or dust. You can buy more filters here.
  • Tube and Mask– The tubing and mask need to be washed at least once per week with mild dish soap and warm water. Rinse very well and allow to air dry completely before reconnecting.

AirSense 10 CPAP Helpful Links:

AirSense 10 Clinical Menu Adjustment

Upgrade Sleep Report on AirSense 10

Using AirSense 10 without water chamber

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  • By Clay Rollyson
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A proposed Settlement has been reached in a U.S. class action lawsuit alleging Economic Loss Claims related to the purchase, lease, or rental of certain CPAPs, BiPAPs, and ventilators that Philips Respironics recalled beginning in June 2021. These devices were sold in the U.S. between 2008 and 2021.

Direct Class Action Phone Number: 1(855) 912-3432

Click here to be directed to the website for up-to-date information regarding the Respironics Class Action Lawsuit.

Important Dates regarding the Philips Class Action Suit:

  • September 7, 2023 — Motion for Preliminary Approval Filed
  • October 10, 2023 — Preliminary Approval Granted
  • December 11, 2023 — Claim Filing Period Opens
  • February 7, 2024 — Exclusion Deadline
  • February 7, 2024 — Objection Deadline
  • April 11, 2024 at 10:30 AM EDT — Final Approval Hearing
  • August 9, 2024 — Claims Period Concludes

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  • By Clay Rollyson
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There has been a lot of talk lately about the DreamSation 2 CPAP from Philips Respironics, and potential issues. Some have even said that there will be another recall. Much of this is due to reported “thermal events” from DreamStation 2 CPAP users. In this blog we are going to expand on what “thermal events” mean, as well as the details of reported DreamStation 2 issues.

DreamStation 2 CPAP Thermal Events:

A thermal event is defined as anything related to the heated humidifier portion of the DreamStation 2 CPAP. Some reports have indicated that the user experienced the heater getting really hot. Others have reported that they smelled burning plastic or something getting hot. These cases are filed with the FDA by Philips Respironics as they are required to do.

How Many Thermal Events have been filed with the FDA?

Since the DreamStation 2 was launched there have been Millions distributed worldwide. Out of that total number there have been about 270 thermal events documented and reported to the FDA by Philips Respironics. That number is accurate as of the date this blog is published. These were reported in batches that may have created a bit of a concern, because it looked like a quick uptick in these vents.

Have DreamStation 2 CPAPs caught on fire?

The words “thermal event” definitely causes significant concern. For some reason it causes me to think of a nuclear bomb. Not exactly what you want people to think about their CPAP machine. However, according to Respironics, not a single DreamStation 2 CPAP has caught on fire. Of course, my reference on this is Philips Respironics, but with the level of scrutiny that they are under from the FDA, it seems unlikely that they would not be misleading anyone right now.

What is Philips Respironics saying about these concerns?

On November 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety communication regarding possible thermal issues with the DreamStation 2 sleep therapy device while in use. There was not a sharp increase of reportable complaints. As part of our ongoing commitment to patient safety and quality, we conducted a retrospective review of possible DreamStation 2 thermal complaints initiated over the course of an almost three-year period since its launch in 2021. We filed approximately 270 reports with the FDA over the last three months as part of this post market surveillance. These reports were submitted in batches starting in August 2023, which we believe may have been interpreted incorrectly as a sharp increase in customer complaints. DreamStation 2 can continue to be used. As with any medical device, the instructions for use should be followed. Our number one priority continues to be patient safety and quality and we treat all feedback from our patients and our regulators with the highest levels of urgency. It is important to note:
  • Outside of continued adherence to the instructions for use, no additional action is needed by patients or DME/homecare providers as a result of the FDA’s publication.
  • There is no product recall at this time.

Click Here to learn about the Philips Respironics Class Action Lawsuit Update

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  • By Clay Rollyson
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If you are looking for some great Christmas gift ideas for the CPAP user in your life, we have you here. No matter what your budget is you can get a useful and meaningful gift. In this blog we have some awesome options starting at just $10. Let’s take a look.

Best Low-Cost CPAP Gift Options:

If you are looking for a Stocking Stuffer or just want to keep a budget in mind, then we have some great options. Click here to check them all out in detail.
  • Stocking Stuffer Bunde– This incorporates everything listed below at one low price. This bundle includes Mask liners, mask wipes, Tube Cleaner, and cpaptab cleaning tablets. It is a great option that provides real comfort and simplicity for CPAP users.
  • CPAP Tube Brush– There is really no good way to clean those hard-to-reach places in the CPAP tube or CPAP mask. This brush set makes it super easy and is just $14.99.
  • Mask Wipes– This is the greatest and simplest gift for a CPAP user. It allows them to keep their mask clean and fresh in seconds each night before bed. Just $9.95.
  • cpaptabs Cleaning Tablets– These are so much better than just the old soap and water routine. These tablets are designed specifically for silicone masks and make things much easier. 96 tablets just $19.95.
  • Cloth CPAP Mask Covers– These washable 4 packs of cloth covers gives an effective and more comfortable seal for CPAP users. Available in Nasal or Full Face and just $24.99.

Best LifeStyle CPAP Gift Options:

For the active CPAP user that stays on the go, you just cannot beat a travel CPAP. Trying to pack up your home CPAP and take it on the road is a huge pain. For this type of CPAP user, a Travel CPAP can be legitimately life changing. We carry all of the major Travel CPAP machines and even have a great comparison of them here. You can see them side by side and pick the best Travel CPAP option for your budget and needs. We also have great financing options to make this even easier.

Practical CPAP Gift Options:

There are a couple of really great gift options that can be a huge help and have real-world applications. It is really nice to get something that someone may actaully need instead of something that is just opened and put away never to be seen again.
  • Best CPAP Cleaner- The unit that we are really liking these days is the Liviliti CPAP Cleaner. Click here to check it out in detail. It uses UV light and kills all the bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew that can make a CPAP user sick. Keeps the CPAP equipment clean and fresh without any odd ozone smell.
  • Best CPAP Battery- The NiteOwl CPAP battery fits almost every CPAP right out of the box. It provides backup power in the event of power outages. It will take over without missing a beat if the power goes out at night. This gift will be great for the CPAP user as well as the bed partner when the power goes out. Click here to check out the NiteOwl.
 
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  • By Clay Rollyson
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If you are in need of a Compliance report for your CPAP machine, it may be easier than you thought. Whether it is for DOT medical card purposes, follow up with your doctor, or just for your own info, we can help. At CPAPmyway we are preferred providers for all of the major CPAP manufacturers. This means that we have access to their clinical software and can pull those reports for you. No matter where you are in the U.S. and even if you didn’t buy the CPAP from us. Below we detail how to get this done.

How to get a CPAP Compliance Report at CPAPmyway:

In most cases we can remotely view your data and pull it in minutes. The first time may take a bit to get it setup, but after that it is very easy. Let’s go through a few of the scenarios and what we will need to get this report from you.

Remote CPAP reports:

If you have a CPAP that has a built-in transmission modem, then we might can get this report remotely for you. it does not matter where you are located. CPAP machines like the ResMed AirSense 10, AirSense 11, Luna G3, DreamStation, and DreamStation 2 all have the ability to transmit wirelessly. This means that after we get your information, we will likely be able to pull this report remotely, any time you need it.

What will we need to provide this report to you?

All that you have to do for us is fill out our contact form by clicking here, and then provide the details listed below in the “message portion”. Once we have your information setup we will reach out and process your order. This will usually be done in 1 business day. There will be a $20 fee for the report, but that will include faxing or emailing anywhere you need it sent. We can collect that fee by phone after we get your data. Please include the information below on the Contact Form.
  • First and Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Serial Number (SN) from the CPAP machine (not the humidifier)
  • Device Number (DN) from the CPAP Machine. This applies to ResMed only and is near the serial number
  • Time Frame of Compliance report (IE: 30, 90, 120, or 365 day reports)
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address

Need a Local CPAP Compliance Report?

If you are anywhere near us here in Central Florida, then it may be worth the drive to get an immediate CPAP Compliance Report at our office. We are located at 101 S Collins St in Plant City, FL. That is directly between Tampa and Orlando on Interstate 4. We are just minutes from Lakeland, Zephyrhills, Winter Haven, Dade City, Bartow and more. If you are in Hillsborough, Polk, Pasco, or Pinellas County, then we are right around the corner.

What is needed for a Local CPAP Compliance Report?

We will need all of the same information. However, it is best to just bring the entire CPAP Machine WITH the SD card to us. If you do not have an SD card, then we have them here for sale. Just be sure to bring the CPAP Machine. It is best to call ahead (813-704-6038) and make sure that we are open and available, but walk-ins are welcome. We are open in the office from 9-5 eastern (closed 12-1 for lunch), Monday through Friday. The cost is also $20 and we can collect that in-person at the time of the download.

What is considered “compliant on CPAP” – Learn Here

   
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  • By Clay Rollyson
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There is an option for those of you that hate your CPAP Headgear and all of the issues those straps can cause. Introducing, NozeSeal adhesive strips. This very cool option allows you to keep your CPAP mask on without the need for head straps. There are some things to keep in mind if you want to use this option. Let’s check out those details.

Can NozeSeal strips work for you?

The NozeSeal strips are designed to work only with Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks. If you are already on a Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask, then this is a pretty seamless transition. If you are not on a Nasal Pillow mask, then you may want to learn more about them and see if they are something that you can consider. NozeSeal will not work with Traditional Nasal Masks or Full-Face Masks.

Which Nasal Pillow Mask does NozeSeal work on?

NozeSeal works great for many Pillow options, but there are some that are not a good fit. Nasal Pillow Masks like the ResMed AirFit P10, React Rio 2, Swift Fx, and even the Philips Nuance are great options.  All of these CPAP Masks will work well without headgear. Some of the masks that it will not work well with are the F&P Brevida, Pilario, the P30i or the DreamWear Pillow. This is because of the frame or pillow style they incorporate. So, you will need to keep this in mind as you consider this product.

How to use NozeSeal instead of Headgear:

The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that the NozeSeal Strips will work with your mask. If not, then you will need a mask that works with it. As long as you have an appropriate CPAP Mask, then follow the steps below:
  1. Remove your headgear from your mask.
  2. Slip the Nasal Pillow cushion through the holes of the NozeSeal and make sure that the slots are facing the right direction.
  3. Hold the Pillows snuggly against your nostrils.
  4. Then you will peel and stick each side of the NozeSeal Strips to each side of your nose. Holding the mask in place.

What are the downsides to NozeSeal vs CPAP Headgear?

  • They are not reusable– While using CPAP without headgear is amazing, these strips are disposable. Which means that you will have to purchase them continually. They are not expensive, but it is a continual cost.
  • Not the best for higher pressures– If you are at a significantly high CPAP pressure, then you may have some trouble sealing. However, if you are already using Nasal Pillows, then you probably are not on a very high pressure anyway.
  • Might be tough for people with dexterity issues– If you have arthritis or limitations in your ability to assemble small things, then this may be tough to setup nightly for you.
  • Only works with Nasal Pillows– If you are accustomed to traditional Nasal CPAP Masks or Full-Face CPAP Masks, then you would have to change to Nasal Pillows to use NozeSeal.
  • Once it is on, it is on– This means that if you had to go to the restroom or get up for something, you would have to refit or leave mask attached and disconnect from tubing.
   
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If you have ever given consideration to trying out the Memory Foam CPAP Mask that ResMed makes, then this blog is for you. My wife Caitlin has been on CPAP for quite a few years now and she is our “go-to” for a quality review on everything we carry. Recently she tried out the AirTouch F20 by ResMed. She did this because she has been getting abrasion on the bridge of her nose. Below we discuss her experience with this Memory Foam Mask.

Why did Caitlin try the AirTouch F20 vs others?

Caitlin is a mouth breather for sure. This means that she would either need a Nasal Mask with chinstrap or mouth tape or she would need to use a Full-Face Style CPAP Mask. After trying a bunch, she settled on the full face. Just found that style much easier and effective. Over the years she has used the Amara View, Brevida, Simplus, and Vitera to name a few. Recently she started to experience more issues with the mask rubbing her raw at the bridge of the nose. She needed some kind of relief. So, I brought her home the AirTouch F20 from ResMed. This mask is made of memory foam instead of silicone. Supposedly giving the user a much more comfortable experience.

What did Caitlin think of the AirTouch F20?

Obviously, owning a CPAP business helps when you want to try new Masks. Caitlin could use any mask she wants and swap any time she wants. So, it just makes sense to try them all. the AirTouch is probably the very last that she has tried, and I am not really sure why. Maybe she thought it was just too different to work or that she wouldn’t like memory foam. As with anything however, once you try it you find pros and cons that you didn’t predict. Below we detail her positive and negative reviews on the mask.

Caitlin’s AirTouch F20 Pros:

  • Great for the Hair– As we know hair is a big deal for the ladies. Cailtin is able to get much less “kinks” and issues with her hair on this particular mask.
  • Soft on the face– The foam gives a very light touch on the face which gives a great seal without the discomfort.
  • Less irritation at bridge of nose– She says that there is still a bit of discomfort at the bridge of the nose, but WAY less than the Silicone versions she has tried.

Caitlin’s AirTouch F20 Cons:

  • When it starts leaking it is over– You need to have an extra AirTouch F20 cushion lying around in case yours wears out. Once they go bad there isn’t much you can do to resolve the leak.
  • Still has some irritation at bridge of nose– Even though it is better she still gets marks on the bridge of her nose. Nothing significant, but it should be pointed out.
 
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  • By Clay Rollyson
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An oxygen concentrator can have a myriad of issues over time. Luckily, most of those problems can be fixed or corrected easily. I spent years on call 24 hours a day helping our oxygen customers with their oxygen equipment. In an effort to be able to go back to sleep at night I learned a lot about how to fix things with customers by phone. So, in this blog I am going to pass along some of what I learned from those midnight phone calls.

No Flow from Oxygen Cannula or Tubing:

Not feeling the flow of oxygen is a very common issue. There are a couple ways to determine whether this issue is a big problem or not. First thing to do is to make sure that the concentrator is on and running. Should be pretty audible. Next, check the liter flow gauge on the concentrator to make sure that ball is on your liter flow setting. If it is not try adjusting the dial to increase the flow to your prescribed level. If the ball is showing the correct setting, try covering the oxygen outlet to see if the ball drops then remove your finger to see if the ball jumps back up. If that is happening then you have flow, and the issue is somewhere down the line. If you are using a humidifier bottle, then that is probably the issue. Cross threading the water bottle will allow the oxygen to leak out. Unscrew the water bottle and rethread it back on carefully to make sure it is not cross-threaded. Then check your tubing to make sure that you do not have kinks or crimps restricting the flow. Replacing the entire tubing and cannula may be a good idea as well.  Typically, if there is physical restriction you will see the ball drop on the liter flow gauge. After all of this has been done take a glass of water and dip the end of your tubing or cannula in the water. If it is bubbling, then it is likely working.

The Concentrator is Alarming:

If your Oxygen Machine is alarming, then there could be a bunch of potential issues. So, I am going to go over the top resolvable reasons that I have encountered for alarming Concentrators over the years. If none of these issues below help, then you may have a larger issue that will require replacement or repair.

Check your Power:

First thing you should do is make sure that the oxygen machine is still plugged in. Next, check to make sure that you do not have a light switch that controls the outlet that may have been accidentally turned off. If you are certain that you have power, then you should check the surge protector button. Usually, it is a little black or white button near the on and off switch.

Check your flow:

If there is a restriction in the tubing and the liter flow ball is dropping, then you may have a restriction. Check the adjustment on the liter flow ball first. You would be surprised how often a grandkid played with that setting. If that isn’t the issue then, that restriction is almost always from the water bottle if you have a humidifier on the machine. Many times, the down spout in the water bottle clogs and restricts the flow of the oxygen. Other times, the oxygen tubing is crimped or kinked and will restrict the flow. In either case it is a great idea to replace the water bottle and tubing to ensure proper functionality.

Check your Filter:

Most concentrators have a filter. It may be external, internal or both. Check the external filter first. That is usually a foam filter and is on the back or side of the concentrator. Make sure that this filter is clean and if not give it a good rinse and dry. If that filter is good, then check the internal filter. That filter should be changed every 6-12 months in most cases. If it has not been done, then it should be done.

Do you have room around the Oxygen Machine?

These machines have to circulate lots of air. This is because it pulls your room air at about 21% oxygen and 78% nitrogen and filters out all the nitrogen. Then it expels the nitrogen into the air around the concentrator. If your concentrator is in a confined space, then it may run out of usable oxygen. So, you should never have the oxygen machine covered or in a closet.

Things to have on hand if you are on oxygen:

   
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