Avoiding Pneumonia While Using a CPAP Machine
The major concern for CPAP machine users around the globe is avoiding pneumonia while using CPAP. The last thing that anyone with sleep apnea needs is to compound their condition with respiratory distress complications like pneumonia. Even though studies show that people with sleep apnea are possibly more susceptible to developing pneumonia, there are ways to decrease that risk of getting CPAP pneumonia for CPAP machine users.
Can a CPAP Machine Cause Pneumonia?
A recent study published in CMAJ researchers concerning patients suffering from sleep apnea found that more than 9% of the study group developed problems that may be related to pneumonia and CPAP use. Researchers speculate that many of the sleep apnea patients that developed pneumonia were more vulnerable to aspiration of liquid and other contents (food and drink) from the gastrointestinal tracts to the larynx and lower respiratory tract into the lungs. Researchers also aimed to establish the answer to the question raised by many CPAP users – can CPAP cause pneumonia? They suggest that people who use a CPAP machine are susceptible and may have greater difficulty in coughing up mucus from the lungs, which intensifies the pulmonary aspiration. Although further study is required to make any definitive determinations on a higher risk of pneumonia for sleep apnea patients, we are sure that a CPAP machine, hose, and mask that are not well maintained can lead to bronchitis, respiratory and sinus infections as well as pneumonia.
How to Avoid Pneumonia While Using a CPAP Machine
Taking the necessary measures necessary to keep your CPAP equipment clean and change accessories as needed is the best way to avoid pneumonia while using your CPAP machine is to. Avoiding CPAP pneumonia contraindication should also prove helpful.
- Follow mask replacement procedures to prevent the mask from becoming a source for bacteria.
- Regularly clean and sanitize all the parts of your CPAP machine. Conduct a thorough cleaning from hoses to masks to humidifier water chambers. It is also best to follow manufacturer schedules for cleaning as well as using sanitizers for easier, faster cleaning.
- Understand the various types of CPAP filters. Replacing your filters as recommended by the manufacturer can help reduce harmful bacteria in your equipment.
The CPAP machine has provided life-changing therapy for millions of people with sleep apnea. That promotes positive short- and long-term health outcomes. Keeping and using CPAP cleaning supplies is crucial in optimizing the therapy and avoiding conditions related to pneumonia and CPAP usage.
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