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CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby Ibydays on Wed May 17, 2017 12:01 pm

A friend has problems setting and removing her mask b/c she lost 100% mobility on one arm. Her husband places the mask each night. But, she wakes up twice a night to go to the bathroom. Her husband would probably help her but she's afraid he'll be tired next morning and irritable due to lack of sleep. Is there any way to set and remove the mask with one hand? Has someone thought about this situation that people like my friend are going through? Is there a mechanical way to fix this situation? Thank you in advance for yout

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby rohdej on Wed May 17, 2017 12:22 pm

This is a case where going to the DME store may be helpful to be able to try on different styles of masks and head gear. I personally use the P10 nasal pillows, I think it would be easier to put on because of how minimalistic the mask is. But have not tried to. Sometimes it is just learning a new process of doing things with one hand or practice. Ask if the 2 of you can play with the mask and see if there is something different that she can do to make it work.

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby chunkyfrog on Wed May 17, 2017 12:34 pm

Consult your local chapter of the League of Human Dignity, or a occupational rehabilitation facility.
Staffers can help find resources and solutions to enhance independence.

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby Goofproof on Wed May 17, 2017 12:39 pm

This might be the answer. May not be the answer. Some masks have Quick Disc Connector built in, I think Resmed has some. Jim

https://www.cpap.com/productpage/hose-quick-connect.html

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby Guest on Wed May 17, 2017 12:40 pm

rohdej wrote:This is a case where going to the DME store may be helpful to be able to try on different styles of masks and head gear.
Excellent suggestion.

Ibydays wrote: Is there any way to set and remove the mask with one hand?
What is the make & model of the mask?
While it may be difficult, I like to think that there should be a way. Sleeping position may also come into play as will which hand is dominant?

But yea have to doc order a mask fitting with specific instructions- that way the insurance will pay and the DME is more likely to be helpful. Assuming she has insurance, of course.

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby Okie bipap on Wed May 17, 2017 1:00 pm

I have started using the ResMed F20 mask which has a quick disconnect elbow that can be disconnected and reconnected with one hand. If I get up during the night, I simply turn off the machine and disconnect the elbow from the mask, then reconnect it when I get back in bed. The ResMed F10 has the same type of connection. The Amara View mask has ashort hose that has a quick disconnect where it connects to the elbow and is very easy to take off of the mask and put back on. I have used both the F20 and Amara View and they are both easy to disconnect and reconnect.

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby LSAT on Wed May 17, 2017 2:32 pm

Okie bipap wrote:I have started using the ResMed F20 mask which has a quick disconnect elbow that can be disconnected and reconnected with one hand. If I get up during the night, I simply turn off the machine and disconnect the elbow from the mask, then reconnect it when I get back in bed. The ResMed F10 has the same type of connection. The Amara View mask has ashort hose that has a quick disconnect where it connects to the elbow and is very easy to take off of the mask and put back on. I have used both the F20 and Amara View and they are both easy to disconnect and reconnect.


I agree +1

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby EdNerd on Wed May 17, 2017 2:43 pm

Another vote for the quick disconnects on the F10, F20, and Amara View.
I currently have the F10 and the View, and they both work well.
You may want to look at the F20, though.
The straps connect to the mask by magnet; much easier than the F10 or the View.

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby ChicagoGranny on Wed May 17, 2017 3:20 pm

Ibydays wrote:Is there any way to set and remove the mask with one hand?


I never remove the mask when getting up at night. I use one of these connectors. It fits between the hose and any mask. It makes the hose easy to disconnect from the mask. Leave the mask on when getting up. Even fully able people don't want to be fiddling with putting the mask back on in the middle of the night!

BTW, I use it between the hose and machine. When I get up, I wrap the hose around my neck. Easy.

https://www.cpap.com/productpage/hose-q ... nnect.html

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby xxyzx on Wed May 17, 2017 8:11 pm

Ibydays wrote:A friend has problems setting and removing her mask b/c she lost 100% mobility on one arm. Her husband places the mask each night. But, she wakes up twice a night to go to the bathroom. Her husband would probably help her but she's afraid he'll be tired next morning and irritable due to lack of sleep. Is there any way to set and remove the mask with one hand? Has someone thought about this situation that people like my friend are going through? Is there a mechanical way to fix this situation? Thank you in advance for yout

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just remove the cable
leave the mask on

one hand should do it okay
push button twist and off
push to put back in

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby Soothest Sleep on Thu May 18, 2017 12:29 am

You don't say which brand and style of mask your friend is using, but I agree with others who have stated specific ones that can be disconnected with one hand for mid-night bathroom trips.
The mask I use is also easy to disconnect (Respironics Wisp nasal mask): there is an elbow-shaped connector right at the nose; one simply squeezes the "flaps" to release the hose from the mask. I've found it to be a little tricky positioning it to re-connect, but with practice the technique should be equally simple. No need to take the headgear & mask off until the morning! Just turn the xPAP machine off when getting out of bed; disconnect hose; then, on return to bed, re-connect hose and turn machine back on.

https://1187b4d09c41350ddef3-8a2c38c894 ... dotcom.jpg (This short tube then connects to the longer tube that comes with the machine.)

I hope your friend has a good equipment provider who can help her find the hose options that will work best for her.

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby The Choker on Thu May 18, 2017 6:26 am

xxyzx wrote:just remove the cable


I've figured you out. You have mid-stage dementia.
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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby D.H. on Thu May 18, 2017 6:35 pm

I don't know what mask this person has, so I can't say if this applies. I generally leave the mask on and just disconnect the hose (and reconnect upon returning). I believe that both actions could be done with just one hand, at least for my setup.

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby chunkyfrog on Thu May 18, 2017 6:48 pm

When I had BC surgery, I was prepared to use my Tap Pap mask, which has no headgear.
Instead, it has a boil and bite mouthpiece, which holds the nasal pillows in place.
Cpap.com still carries this mask, which is priced surprisingly low.

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Re: CPAP user with polio which enables arms to move. .help

Postby Guest on Thu May 18, 2017 7:04 pm

D H. wrote: I generally leave the mask on and just disconnect the hose (and reconnect upon returning). I believe that both actions could be done with just one hand,
The question I have is - Have you tried it? With one hand?

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