as it may sound coming from a medical equipment supplier
CPAP EQUIPMENT via the Internet is NOT RECOMMENDED
As with most things in life you get what you pay for. Becoming
a successful nCPAP user involves not only appropriate equipment
but also the professional services that come with it. This includes
both Medical and Technical attention. What may appear to be a CPAP
Deal may actually be a nightmare.
Though nCPAP is both very safe and effective for treating breathing
disorders of sleep its major downfall is poor patient
compliance (usage). Major causes include:
Obtrusive paraphernalia / claustrophobia
· Nasal obstruction / irritation
studies estimate successful nCPAP use as low as 40%. Some
studies may use minimal definitions of success, i.e 4 hours per
night for half the nights of the week. Obviously, this is far from
Contributing factors leading to poor nCPAP compliance include, poor
introduction of the treatment, inadequate patient education, and
a lack of timely correction of patient difficulties. In fact, studies
have shown the single greatest factor for successful
nCPAP usage is close, timely follow through and follow up. In otherwords, interaction with your CPAP provider, their knowledge, skill, and ablities are paramount to your success.
I encourage those beginning or contemplating nCPAP therapy
to consult local professionals for assistance. Yes, this will cost
more than obtaining mail order equipment but is invaluable.
Further, I would advise you to put as much effort into
shopping for the professional service as you do shopping for price.
Another warning for you - not all professional services are equal.
However, those who have used CPAP successfully over the years and
merely want to replace their existing equipment may be served by
obtaining CPAP equipment by mail order. The caveat of course
the inability to fully take advantage of recent CPAP advances /
Please feel free to visit the following CPAP Manufacturer links
and if you find anything of interest please Email and Ill
be happy to answer any questions.
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