CPAP masks are vitally important for the comfort of the patient to be able to adhere to CPAP therapy. If the patient does not have a comfortable mask, they are much more likely to abandon therapy, so it is essential that a service has a variety of masks as the patient may need to try several before finding one that cause minimal discomfort. As a service provider, Baywater Healthcare are not tied to any one manufacturer, and so are able to provide a wide range of masks and consumables. Masks come in many different sizes from petite to extra-large, and usually consist of a variety of nasal, oronasal, oral and full face interfaces.
The mask is made of soft flexible cushioned material and fits snugly around the nose. There are several types of masks available with varying designs, but they all share a number of common features.
The nasal mask
The standard mask fits over the nose leaving the mouth free. A good seal around the nose is important so there are no leaks of air.
The full face mask
Full face masks cover the nose and mouth. They are usually recommended if the patient has problems with air leaking from the mouth or if they tend to breathe through the mouth. A good seal and comfortable fit is important. Small leaks around the mask, as long as they are not into the eyes, are acceptable. The masks are made of soft, flexible cushioned material that fit snugly on the face. There are various sizes and styles available, please contact Baywater Healthcare on 0800 121 4524 for advice.
The headgear is provided to keep the mask in position while the person is asleep. It may consist of thin straps or a full cap to be worn on the head.
The straps are attached loosely to the mask before positioning over the nose. Once the mask is positioned, the straps can be adjusted so that the bottom straps are below the ears and the top centre strap passes over the top centre of your head.
Once the CPAP machine is turned on, the straps can be adjusted until a comfortable fit is achieved without any air leaks from the mask. The headgear should not be over-tightened, otherwise discomfort from a tightly fitting mask may be experienced.
To remove the mask, release the clip and pull it up and over the head. Alternatively, release one or both of the bottom straps and remove the headgear. The headpiece should not need to be adjusted until it is taken to pieces for cleaning.