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Learn more about respiratory care

If you’re new to using a CPAP or oxygen therapy, these articles may be helpful:

 

What is sleep apnea and CPAP therapy?

People with sleep apnea stop breathing or take shallow breaths for anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes while sleeping. This can happen as often as 30 times or more per hour. Snoring or choking can occur when normal breathing begins after a period of apnea. [READ MORE]

 

What are the different types of sleep apnea?

There are three types of sleep apnea: OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), CSA (central sleep apnea) and complex sleep apnea. Each type of sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing repeatedly while you are sleeping, for as much as a minute or longer. Sleep apnea may awaken you, or you may sleep unaware of the condition. [READ MORE]

 

Getting the best CPAP mask fit

It may take several nights for you to get used to using a CPAP system. Proper mask fit is essential to your system’s effectiveness and your comfort. That’s why masks come in various sizes and styles. You may need to try several masks before deciding which is best for you. [READ MORE]

 

Getting the most out of CPAP therapy

Introducing CPAP therapy into your bedtime routine is not always easy. Leaky masks, trouble falling asleep, and dry mouth or nose can be troublesome to new CPAP users. It’s important, however, to understand that most people need to make adjustments before they are completely comfortable using their CPAP. [READ MORE]

 

What is oxygen therapy?

Oxygen is a gas that your body needs to survive. Normally, your lungs absorb oxygen from the air. There are a number of physical conditions, such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema and bronchitis, which may prevent you from breathing enough oxygen. [READ MORE]

 

What is COPD?

COPD is the abbreviation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. There are two types of COPD – emphysema, a long-term cough with mucus, and chronic bronchitis, where the lungs are destroyed over time. Many people suffering from COPD have both types. Patients with COPD experience wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing that produces large amounts of mucus. [READ MORE]

 

What is a nebulizer?

A nebulizer is used to deliver liquid medication through a mouthpiece or mask by changing the liquid into a mist that can be inhaled. Nebulizers are an alternative to MDIs (metered dose inhalers). [READ MORE]

 

Caring for your nebulizer

There are two keys to getting the most from your nebulizer therapy – hygiene of your equipment and proper treatment procedure.  Here are some things to keep in mind when using a nebulizer. [READ MORE]

 

Helping your child use a nebulizer

Introducing nebulizer therapy to a child can be a challenge. A nebulizer treatment can take between 15 and 20 minutes, which can seem like an eternity to a child – and to you, if your child is uncomfortable or upset. Here are some tips that may help nebulizer treatments go more smoothly for your child. [READ MORE]