CPAP mask reviews empower CPAP therapy patients with product knowledge and awareness that directly improves the bottom line of CPAP compliance. Before a review is written, each mask is fully evaluated based on the personal experience of a licensed respiratory therapist in the home care field. All the manufacturer’s documentation has been read. What does this mask promise and what does it fail to do? Do the features deliver on the mask’s promises? Is this CPAP mask worth the price?
The patients who read CPAP mask reviews are actively problem solving by learning about potential solutions. There are many specific factors to consider and each with their own set of options to consider. Start with the type of mask, whether a nasal mask, full face mask, or nasal pillow interface is appropriate. Next, consider the brand and the model. The Resmed Ultra Mirage, Quattro, ComfortGel, and Swift LT are popular as well as the Fisher Paykel Flexifit 405 and the Philips Respironics Profile Lite. Patients should focus on the features they need and assess their value. Matching mask size to face is critical. The pressure of the CPAP therapy is important; midrange and higher pressures require a stronger, more stable seal. User friendliness becomes an issue when disassembly and reassembly are necessary during routine cleanings. A comfortable mask has no patient objectionable characteristics that discourage daily use. Sealing capability and performance will significantly impact therapy effectiveness. Some mask designs are better suited for wider faces and some for petite or long faces. Quality headgear and headrests secure the mask and allow for quick and easy disconnects for those occasional trips to the bathroom. Masks are available with adjustable bridge mechanisms that provide a custom fit. Patients must keep in mind their own specific needs such as side sleepers, mouth breathers, avid readers, those with skin sensitivity or claustrophobia and any silicone, latex or rubber allergies. Replacement component availability and mask lifespan are useful considerations. The diffuser noise level of certain masks can be a deal breaker for some. Finally, there are additional mask accessories, such as soft cloth headgear wraps and mask pads which can be purchased to upgrade patient comfort.
CPAP therapy patients and their healthcare providers are under increasing pressure to increase compliance rates. Respiratory therapists performing initial CPAP setups are supporting their patients with relevant education and are instrumental in motivating CPAP users towards continuous and sustained use of their therapy equipment. CPAP mask reviews provide quality buying advice and product ratings for their informed readers. Successful CPAP therapy patients are motivated and self managed individuals who search the internet for useful content to troubleshoot problems, find solutions and formulate purchasing decisions regarding CPAP equipment and supplies. CPAP mask reviews present free, definitive opinions about mask value for their readers and offer insider tips gleaned from professional respiratory homecare practitioners.