Whether your patients are struggling with hose rain-out or making time for machine sanitization, they may find a creative solution in one of these useful add-ons.
The SoClean 2 CPAP Sanitizer by Better Rest Solutions destroys 99.9% of CPAP bacteria, viruses, and mold, is completely automated, and sanitizes without water. It sanitizes utilizing a method commonly also used for public water treatment, produce handling, hotels, and hospitals. The SoClean 2 cleans components such as the mask, hose, and water reservoir without the need to take the device apart. “Being a busy mom the last thing I have time for is cleaning my mask and reservoir,” says Christine Dadah of Massachusetts. “The SoClean has made my life so much easier. I just drop it in the box in the morning and it’s ready for me when I go to sleep at night. I wouldn’t go a day without it.” www.betterrestsolutions.com, (866) 501-3705
ControlIII Disinfectant has been used for more than 25 years for the disinfection of home care respiratory therapy equipment. Sleep labs use it to disinfect sleep equipment and hard surfaces. www.controlthree.com
Hurricane HE is a home edition of The Hurricane Dryer by Siestamed Technologies LLC, delivering CPAP users a quick, sanitary, and efficient drying of masks, tubing, headgear, and more. It dries each presanitized item in 60 minutes or less. www.siestamed.com
ResMed Gecko Nasal Pad and Zippered CPAP Tubing Wrap are compatible with all brands. The nasal pad is a comfortable, soft gel strip placed across the nasal bridge to reduce skin irritation and facial sores, minimize mask leaks, and improve overall mask comfort. Tubing Wrap padded fabric hose covers improve comfort during sleep and help prevent rain-out by lightly insulating hoses and tubes. The wrap’s hidden soft-touch zipper extends along the length of the tube so it is secure and easy to put on and take off with no unnecessary stretching or sliding. www.resmed.com, (800) 424-0737
Designed by and for CPAP users, the quilted side panel of the PAPillow creates a distinct edge to reduce mask leak and pressure point soreness. A variety of luxurious pillowcases are available. www.papillow.com
Its namesake SnuggleHose (shown) is one of multiple accessories the brand offers. Other offerings include SnuggleStraps to cover mask cheek straps, SnuggleGear fleece and Velcro headgear, and SnuggleScents aromatic oils that scent the room via an elephant-shaped pad placed near the air intake. www.snugglehose.com
The Quartz by EyeEco is a silicone shield developed for use with CPAP machines to prevent dry eye. The wearer’s eyes will be comfortably sheltered from leaks, plus the shield fogs during use, creating humidity for the ocular surface. Use code “CPAP” to receive free ground shipping. www.eyeeco.com
The clean edge of Core Products International Inc’s CPAP Pillow allows a user’s mask to extend beyond the pillow’s edge, reducing the chance of pillow-caused mask leaks. Pressure point soreness and mask discomfort are virtually eliminated since the pillow doesn’t touch the mask. www.coreproducts.com/cpap
Pad a Cheek’s wide array of comfort products are a perfect fit for all brands of airway interfaces. The line includes Forehead Pad cushions that prevent skin irritation and marks, smooth microfiber Mask Liners that provide a protective barrier, Strap Pad Originals that prevent face marks, and Anti Leak Straps that prevent leaks around the cushion of full face masks. www.padacheek.com
The improved CPAP Hose Lift v5 suspends tubing overhead, eliminating hose hassle and tugging on the mask during sleep. The Arden Innovations accessory includes a hook for hanging the mask, a loop sized to accommodate insulating covers, and a base that is integrally attached to the mast. www.ardeninnovations.com
CPAPHolders save space by fitting the machine in the unused space between the bed and nightstand. Plus, with the machine resting close to the patient’s head, it provides optimum hose length for freedom of movement and the holder provides an easily accessible location for the CPAP, making it easy to maintain. www.cpapholders.com
Behind the decorative doors of Perdue Woodworks Inc’s CPAP Nightstand is a roll-out shelf for up to two CPAP devices, storage for gallon bottles of distilled water, plus space for personal items. The hose portals on both sides of the unit make it usable on either side of the bed. www.perduesinc.com
SLP’s EZTalk fits between the CPAP mask and hose, giving CPAP users an easy way to momentarily stop the flow of air to talk, cough, or take a sip of water, without the inconvenience of removing the entire mask. It employs a convenient lever that, when pushed, momentarily stops airflow. Once the lever is released, airflow returns as usual. www.sleepsense.com/eztalk
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Snugglehose’s aromatic oils can be added to the water chamber. These oils should NOT be added to the chamber. Instead, place a drop or two of the oil on a felt pad, then place the pad near the air intake.
For more information on current CPAP accessories, see Sleep Review‘s recent Airway Interfaces Side-by-Side Comparison Guide.