Sleep Apnea

Advance for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine • January 2017

8 ADVANCE FOR RESPIRATORY CARE & SLEEP MEDICINE SLEEP APNEA JANUARY 2017 S L E E P A P N E A If the Mask Fits … A properly fitted CPAP mask can improve quality of life for those with sleep apnea By Katherine Bortz CPAP continues to be the least invasive, gold-standard choice for the treatment of sleep apnea. The options for patients concerning CPAP masks are considerably different than they were in the past. Whether a patient is inquiring about a nasal mask, nasal pillow or full-face mask, a proper fit is paramount to patient compliance and quality of treatment. According to Scott McCown, BHS, RRT, director of telehealth operations at FusionHealth in Johns Creek, Ga., sizing is the most common reason for patient complaints about CPAP masks. Traditional models are typically available in small to large sizes, with smaller sizes for women and narrow or wide widths. Mask templates can be provided for healthcare professionals and patients to see whether or not a particular mask will work for them. THINKSTOCK/iSTOCK


Advance for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine • January 2017
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