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Are you compromising your comfort with CPAP therapy this winter?

As the temperature drops over the winter months, you might need to make some adjustments to your CPAP therapy in order to prevent awakening with a blocked nasal passage and dry throat. Find out below what you can do to make your therapy more comfortable over the winter season.

As the winter approaches, you might start to suffer from a blocked nasal passage or a sore throat with CPAP compliance. This is due to the air being particularly drier in the winter months so you might need to start using a humidifier with your CPAP machine in order to prevent these symptoms. A CPAP humidifier will add moisture to the air transported through your CPAP machine, increasing your breathing comfort and therapy efficiency.

It is estimated that around 70% of CPAP users experience chronic nasal stuffiness and dryness of the throat. These symptoms can be really off putting for CPAP users, but the great news is that they can be quickly resolved with the use of a humidifier.

To beat the winter rush, order your CPAP humidifier now.

Prevent rainout by using a Hybernite Heated Breathing Tube with your CPAP humidification system. Prevent rainout by using a Hybernite Heated Breathing Tube with your CPAP humidification system.

What can I do to prevent condensation building up inside the tubing?

During the winter months, you might experience "rainout" which is essentially a build up of condensation due to the air from the humidifier being cooled by the cold room temperature air. This can cause discomfort and leakage if you do not rectify the problem with a heated hose or tube wrap.

You can prevent rainout by using a heated hosing system which will keep the air at a constant temperature from the moment it leaves the humidifier until it reaches the mask. Alternatively you can purchase an Intus fleece tube wrap to insulate the air between your CPAP and mask to reduce the possibility of the humidified air cooling.

If you have any further queries about CPAP compliance over the winter period, then please email contact@intushealthcare.eu and we will be more than happy to offer you personalised advice to help resolve your winter CPAP issues.

Alternatively, you can read more information about CPAP compliance over the winter period in our latest Healthy Tips article.

Author: Jenny Hall

About author: Jenny Hall is a clinical manager at Baywater Healthcare. She has extensive specialist clinical experience from Regional Nurse Adviser through to Senior Nurse Adviser, Service Lead and Contract Manager. She has provided leadership for the Regional Nurse Advisers ensuring best practice, implementation of National Guidance and Clinical Governance. Ms. Hall has worked with Baywater Healthcare since 2013, with leadership responsibility in delivering Home Oxygen and Long-Term Conditions services. Her clinical team focuses on delivering services closer to home which offer the NHS value with optimum clinical outcomes. Previously, Ms. Hall provided leadership to Regional Nurse Advisors with Air Products, a company providing home oxygen services to Wales, East Midlands and North London. She has served as a Senior COPD National Trainer and Nurse Adviser COPD Response with Innovex, ensuring highest competencies were maintained and best practices delivered. Ms. Hall has a Ba Honours Degree as a Registered General Nurse from Oxford Brookes University and MSc Health Studies from Staffordshire University. She completed Respiratory Education and Training Courses and the Edinburgh Sleep Course. Jenny Hall’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-hall-34331b60/

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