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Advance for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine • January 2017

10 ADVANCE FOR RESPIRATORY CARE & SLEEP MEDICINE SLEEP APNEA It’s our job to find out how the patient feels while wearing a particular mask and if they feel different when they wake up.” RELATED CONTENT CPAP Compliance Improves Outcomes Post-surgery CPAP compliance stands around 42%. JANUARY 2017 — Scott McCown, BHS, RRT, director of telehealth operations, FusionHealth “Just because you try it one night, it’s going to take time to find something that’s right for you. Finding the right fit can change lives,” Hambel said. “Not using the CPAP device can be detrimental to your health. We spend money on less important things in life. Making sure your health is taken care of is more beneficial. You may have to spend a little bit more on a new mask, but it’s definitely worth it.” Adding pieces to the mask may help it fit better to the patient’s face. Occasionally, a chinstrap or other products may be available to make CPAP masks more comfortable and create a better fit for the patient. Ultimately, the person fitting the mask and the patient need to work together to find the correct mask out of the many options available. “It’s our job to find out how the patient feels while wearing a particular mask and if they feel different when they wake up,” McCown said. “My goal is to figure out what can I do to make your experience better and put your mind at ease regarding this therapy.” Katherine Bortz is on staff at ADVANCE. Contact: kbortz@advanceweb.com


Advance for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine • January 2017
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