COVID-19: How to stay safe & healthy

COVID-19: How to stay safe & healthy

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, regular cleaning and maintenance of your CPAP equipment are essential. Now, more than ever, patients should ensure that their equipment is cleaned and replaced regularly to ensure you minimize the risk of sinus/chest infections associated with poor maintenance. 

The CDC recommends that you should clean and disinfect your medical equipment as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Cleaning directions normally include regular cleaning with soap and water.

For more detailed cleaning instructions, check out these links: 

Philips Respironics

ResMed

Having clean and well-maintained equipment can help reduce bacteria and in-turn prevent sickness. Clean equipment also ensures that you are getting optimal therapy and a good night’s sleep which helps boost your immune system!

What to do if you have COVID-19?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and use a CPAP machine, it is important to talk to your medical provider regarding use of your medical equipment. 

Other tips to stay healthy: 

  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Practice social/physical distancing (at least 2m distance)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
  • Exercise or go for walks (while maintaining physical distance)
  • Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your CPAP therapy, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Respiratory Therapist or call your Coastal Sleep location

COVID-19 Resources:

  • Frequently asked questions about COVID-19: World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Common myths vs. facts about COVID-19: WHO
  • Healthy hygiene: WHO
  • Tips for health workers: WHO
  • Tips for people at higher risk for serious illness: CDC
  • Global travel guidance: WHO
  • Latest COVID-19 updates in Canada: Health Canada
  • Rights, roles, and responsibilities of health workers, including key considerations for occupational safety and health: WHO

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