The SoClean Automated Sanitizing Machine is designed to keep your CPAP equipment free from contaminants. The SoClean is not designed to extend the life of your CPAP equipment or accessories.
NOTE: SoClean recommends that CPAP patients adhere closely to the recommended replacement schedule of their CPAP equipment as set forth by their doctor, insurance company, and DME. Deviating from the recommended replacement schedule of a patients CPAP equipment can and will cause problems with a patient benefitting from effective, compliant CPAP therapy.
Why does SoClean recommend this? Please note a quote from SoundOxygen… “Some people will go through cushions or nose pillows faster regardless of how often or thoroughly they clean them due to the fact that their face produces more oils than others. On the other hand, if someone washes their cushion daily it may “last” for several months. Just because it lasts, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be replaced though. Running shoes are a good analogy for CPAP supplies. One runner runs outdoors, on a trail that is dirty. The other runs on a treadmill. The first runner’s shoes will get dirty in one day, he may wash them and they will become clean but they are still essentially new in their ability provide support and cushioning. However, treadmill runner can run for several years before his shoes begin to look dirty. Yet, their ability to provide support and cushioning is gone even though the shoe looks clean. As time passes, the trail runner can easily know he needs new shoes just by looking. Yet the treadmill runner just needs to try on a pair to fully realize that his shoes are worn out even though they look new. Your CPAP mask can be the same way. Just because it looks clean and keeps a seal doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need to be replaced.”
Please note another quote. This time from CPAP Supply USA… “Many CPAP and BiPAP users don’t realize that most of the supplies associated with sleep therapy are designed to be disposable. Masks, tubing, filters, and head gear are not designed to last extreme amounts of time, and using them past their recommended life span can actually jeopardize your CPAP therapy. Delicate silicone mask cushions can develop leaks, clogged filters can allow dust and pollen to be delivered into your airway, and over-stretched headgear can require extreme tightening, causing pressure point pain.” For guidelines on when to order your CPAP equipment, please see the table below for Medicare’s schedule or call your insurance company to see when you would be eligible for new supplies.
(Many insurance companies follow Medicare’s resupply schedule)
Recommended Replacement Frequency
CPAP Mask: Every 3 Months
CPAP Headgears: Every 3-6 months
CPAP Tubing: Every 3 months
Disposable Filter: 2 new filters every month
Non-disposable Filters: 2 new filters every 6 months
CPAP Chin strap: Every 6 months
Full Face Mask: Every 3 months
Oral CPAP Mask: Every 3 months
Humidifier Chamber: Every 6 months
CPAP Machine: Every 3-5 years or as necessary