Cleaning your CPAP/BIPAP
Why is it important to clean your
CPAP/BIPAP every day?
It is important that you clean your
CPAP/BIPAP machine every day to protect
yourself from germs.
When you wear your CPAP/BIPAP each
night, the air goes in and passes through the
machine, filter, tubing, and mask. The
exhaled air goes back into the mask, tubing
and machine. Exhaled air has moisture from
your body. Germs grow in this moist
environment. If you do not clean your
equipment it could begin to grow bacteria.
This could cause your equipment to smell
bad and lead to broken equipment.
What is most important when cleaning
your CPAP or BIPAP?
It is important to clean your mask, head gear
and tubing every day. Simply rinse the
equipment with water and allow the
equipment to dry completely. Make sure
that standing water can drip out of all the
How long will my CPAP/BIPAP machine
Keep in mind that CPAP/BIPAP masks and
tubing are not designed to last forever. It is
recommended that supplies be replaced
every year or sooner. Filters should be
replaced more often, some suggest every
month. The machine filter has a specific
purpose to filter out dust and dirt that you
don’t want to breathe in. If you live in a
dusty area, your filter will need to be
replaced more often.
*Always refer to the owner manual for
cleaning instructions and before using
any cleaning products.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor.
This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because
each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team
when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 8/2017 University of
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