More than 12 million Americans are suffering from sleep apnea according to the American Sleep Apnea Association, and 80% of these cases do not get diagnosed at all and as such are not treated. This can lead to a host of issues related to one’s health which could include such serious ones like stroke or even chronic heart failure. While there are quite a few treatments available for sleep apnea, the most popular one for obstructive sleep apnea is the Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP) which is applied to the individual by using a ventilator which is termed as the CPAP machine. It has been observed, however, that 50% of those people who have got these machines do not use them according to the way they should be used and some of these people have stopped using these machines altogether simply because the mask is rendered uncomfortable as it gets dirty. The mask needs to be cleaned every day even if the individual does not use the machine frequently.
CPAP Therapy Machines
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a leading therapy for sleep apnea. This requires the patients to wear a mask over their nose or on their faces while they sleep. This mask is connected to a machine which has got a pump in it. The pump provides a flow of air from the pump into the patient’s nose which enters the nasal passage and this way, and as a result of this positive pressure, the nasal passages remain open throughout the night. This is an acceptable and insurable form of treatment, and most insurance companies are now actively paying for both sleep testing as well as for CPAP therapy.
According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), the majority of the apnea patients who use CPAP therapy usually feel that they have had effective relief from the very beginning of this type of therapy. They feel very happy about the renewed energy and mental sharpness which they get to have during the day as a result of perfect sleep throughout the night. A lot of these people have even felt that their life has been changed by CPAP. Some patients do feel a bit uncomfortable due to the mask and might require a few weeks to get used to it, and some might even get side-effects which include headaches, abdominal bloating, sore eyes or nasal congestion, etc. yet a majority of the patients find it to be very effective and very useful. CPAP is also a blessing for sleep partners of those people who have apnea. The sound of snoring or apnea could very well drive the sleep partners away causing problems in relationships. CPAP machines help to repair these broken bonds and allow the sleep partners to share the bedroom very comfortable.
SoClean 2 Cleaning and Sanitizing Machine
SoClean which is a New Hampshire based company, has come up with a SoClean Bundle of 1 SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer Machine along with 1 Adapter for Philips Respironics DreamStation, System One CPAP Machines. This bundle contains bot the cleaning and sanitizing machine as well as the adapters necessary to use with the above-described machines. There are other bundles of the same type of cleaning and sanitizing machine for other mask models. SoClean has come up with several bundles that contain the cleaning and sanitizing chamber as well as a variety of different adapters which work with different mask models.
Why Clean the CPAP machines?
The daily cleaning of the CPAP machines regularly is very important. This is a requirement which prevents infections as well as other deadly diseases like pneumonia from developing. As the CPAP machine is used over time, oil sweat, dead skin, etc. start collecting inside the Palmachnik in the presence of moisture. This can lead to a situation which acts as a breeding ground for bacteria’s, germs, or other pathogens. Research conducted at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has revealed that a bacterium count of 2,000 in a CPAP mask is possible after it has been used over a period as low as 48 hours. Therefore, for all those people who suffer from sleep apnea and who have purchased CPAP machines, it is nursery that they purchase a cleaning and sanitizing machine as well otherwise more harm could occur than the good. The addition of the cleaning and sanitizing chamber would complete the effective set up of the CPAP machine and ensure that the CPAP machine is effectively utilized by the patient. As long as the patient has got the right sanitizer, each night would be spent with complete freshness and in very hygienic conditions.
Types of CPAP Cleaners and Sanitizers
CPAP cleaners and sanitizers can sanitize all the CPAP accessories including the hedger, mask, tubing as well as the water chamber. While a lot of different technologies are employed by CPAP cleaners and sanitizers, the ones that use activated oxygen or ultraviolet rays are considered to be the best. Others might use water. The best cleaners and sanitizers can exterminate 99,9% of the bacteria, viruses as well as mold. SoClean 2 uses activated oxygen and is very effective in terms of getting rid of the germs, bacteria, and other pathogens very effectively. It is also completely automated.
Why Use SoClean 2?
The SoClean 2 machine makes the cleaning of the CPAP machines a literal breeze as it is an automated CPAP cleaner. The cleaner uses activated oxygen and channels it to both clean and sanitize. In the process, it kills 99.9% of the germs, bacteria and other pathogens which is an ideal performance on its own. It does not use any chemicals or even water and does not require the CPAP machine to be disassembled at all. Thus, SoClean 2 is the ideal go-to cleaner and sanitizer which saves a lot of precious time and allows for a very high degree of convenience.
The SoClean 2 has got a cleaning and sanitizing chamber which 7.5 inches by 6.5 inches by 8.5 inches. Thus, this chamber has got a volume of around 2.88 cubic feet. The machine makes use of activated oxygen to disinfect both the mask as well as the CPAP machine. The machine contains a slot between the chamber and the lid which allows the hose to go through it and therefore, there is no need for the mask to be disconnected for cleaning. The cleaning and sanitizing machine come with the right adapter to fit different models and this one comes with the adapter for Philips Respironics DreamStation and the System One CPAP Machines. The cleaning and sanitizing machine has got everything which would be required to clean the CPAP machines and therefore, all that is required on the part of the client is an electrical outlet to plug the machine in.
The SoClean 2 has completely ditched the hassles that are associated with the use of harsh chemicals for cleaning purposes. It is simple enough not to use water even. As no disable of the CPAP machine is required, the patients get the extra comfort of not disassembling their machines. The patients do not have to worry about compatibility either as the SoClean 2 comes in the form of bundles which are used with different types of CPAP machines. It is compatible with the different iterations sleep apnea therapy which includes CPAP, AutoPAP, and BIPAP. The machine makes use of the same technology which is used in hospitals to clean the germs, bacteria, and pathogens which hide inside the CPAP machines. The clean CPAP machine ensures the patient that he/she is breathing very fresh and clean air throughout the night. This is very important as the dirty air from a dirty mask and machine would end up doing more harm than good for the patient.
Easy and Convenient Setup process
A simple set up is required for the machine to be ready to start the clean-up process, and it usually does not take more than 45 minutes at the most. The purchaser is also provided with a step by step quick start guide which provides information on what is required to be done. There is another instruction manual which gives the instructions in detail. It is better to use the full instruction manual so that every step is understood well by the person using the machine for cleaning the CPAP machine.
The Cleaning and Sanitizing Process
Once the Cleaning and Sanitizing machine from SoClean have been set up, the patient is required to put the mask inside the cleaning and sanitizing chamber. The lid is then closed, and the machine does the rest. The SoClean cleaning and sanitizing machine is the world’s first automated CPAP cleaning and sanitizing machine. The sanitizing capability of the machine is based on controlled conditions. The results could be a bit different in various conditions. SoClean recommends to the patients that they pre-wash their mask and also change the filter as well as the check valve every six months. SoClean also recommends that the patients should run the cleaning cycle every single day. The SoClean 2 cleaning cycle would normally take 7 minutes to finish. However, it could be slightly different in certain cases. Under no circumstances should it ever be run for more than 30 minutes.
The right adapter needs to be fixed to the machine according to which type of CPAP machine is being cleaned. The SoClean cleaning and sanitizing machine comes with the adpaper for Respironics DreamStation installed, and before the machine is used with the Philips System One, the previous adapter has to be removed and the 2nd one fixed into the machine. While removing the previous adapter could be a bit tricky, the fixing f the second one is a breeze.
Two Ways to Clean
There are two ways to use when using the machine to clean the mask. For manual cleaning purposes, the mask can be put inside the machine, and the start button is then pressed. The cleaning process would start, and the mask would be rendered clean. However, if the patient wants, he/she can use the daily automated process well. The LCD screen on the machine can be used. It is located at the base of the machine. The device can be set up to automatically clean the CPAP machine every day at a certain specific time. It must be mentioned here that the machine would not start working unless there is a mask placed inside the chamber of this cleaning and sanitizing machine. This way, the patient is prevented from accidentally turning on the manual mode while there is no mask inside the chamber. The cycle would not run when the patient wakes up in the morning at the time which was pre-set into it. Thus, the machine has got preventive and precautionary mechanisms at play which prevent the triggering of the machine on a false startup. This is very important as patients are likely to forget putting the mask in at least a few times during the time they use this machine. As such, the machine has been designed with al the possibilities of use in mind and caters to these possibilities.
Low Maintenance Machine
The SoClean 2 is a very low-maintenance cleaning and sanitizing machine for CPAP machines. Many patients who have used these machines for quite a few months have had no maintenance issues reported. After six months of use, the company recommends the change of cartridge filter as well as the change of the check valve assembly. Even, if the patient has not had the chance to keep track of the user in terms of months, the LCD on the screen of this cleaning and sanitizing machine informs the patients when it is time to carry out these replacements. Both these items are easily available and require a budget overlay of less than $30. Thus, this translates to around $60 per year of maintenance money spent on changing the cartridge filters and the check valve assemblies twice in one year. These replacements can even be ordered online by the use of the Subscribe & Save feature, and the orders would be placed automatically twice in a year.
|SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer – Highlights|
|Cleaning and Sanitizing Cycle:||7 minutes on average|
|Warranty:||Two years limited warranty and 30-night Risk-Free Trial|
|Type:||All Foam Mattress|
|Mode of Operation:||Automated, can be programmed t clean every day at a specific time. Uses Activated Oxygen and kills 99.9% of bacteria, germs, and other pathogens|
|Ideal for:||All those people who have CPAP machines|
|Adapters:||Comes with adapter for Philips Respironics DreamStation and System One CPAP Machines|
|Other Adapters:||Other adapters for other CPAP machines can be purchased separately, or the machine could be purchased as a separate bundle|
|Differentiators:||Automated functionality (It is the first automated CPAP machine cleaner and sanitizer in the market)|
|Comparable Products:||Lumin CPAP Cleaner
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Features and Benefits
The SoClean 2 Cleaning and Sanitizing machine for CPAP systems have got a new and sleek design which includes an easy to change filter cartridge system. The machine has got indicator lights which light up throughout the cycle. The hose insertion has got the left or right insertion option. The machine does not require the patient to disassemble his/her machine in any way, and there are no hard to do procedures or hassles involved. The hose, the reservoir, and the mask do not have to be taken apart to be clean ad sanitized. 99.9% of the germs, bacteria and other pathogeneses exterminated and the machine only utilizes activated oxygen without needing chemicals or water. The equipment comes with a power adapter, injection hose and fitting, Neutralizing pre-wash, check valve assembly and instruction manual.
Durability and Warranty
The equipment is durable and if the filter cartridge as well as the check valve assembly every six months, it would last for a very long time. With the change of these accessories at the required interval, the machine would keep cleaning and sanitizing the CPAP machines perfectly and would ensure fresh and clean air delivery to the apnea patient throughout the night for as long as the machine is used by the patient. It ensures their perfect operation for CPAP machine and keeps it operating optimally as well. Without the cleaning and sanitizing machine, the CPAP machine would soon become a liability for the apnea patient and would stop being helpful as it would start to give dirty and full of germs, bacteria and other pathogens which would be very harmful to the patient. Thus, the use of the cleaning and sanitizing machine for CPAP machines is not an option. It is a necessity. SoClean 2 is ideally suited as it is fully automated and does not require the patient to do anything except connect the two machines and then program the cleaning machine to repeat the cleaning procedure every day at a specific time. This ensures long life for the CPAP machine, and if the accessories for the cleaning machine are changed every six months, the machine will last for a very long time.
The manufacturer also advises that the patient must not place a memory foam type mask cushion inside the cleaning and sanitizing chamber of this machine. This cushion needs to be removed before placing the mask inside the cleaning machine. Moreover, as described earlier, the machine must not be allowed to run for more than 30 minutes. An average cleaning and sanitizing cycle of this machine takes only 7 minutes.
The SoClean 2 cleaning and sanitizing machine is warranted for two years after purchase. It carries a limited warranty and covers defects due to materials and workmanship. Machine owner inflicted damage is not covered. The manufacturer also offers a 30-day Risk-free trial which is more than enough for an individual to get to see the benefits of this machine on his/her own and make a decision regarding the purchase of SoClean 2.
FSA and HSA Covered
The SoClean 2 cleaning and sanitizing machine can be covered by the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA). However, this needs to be checked with the relevant provider before the purchase of the machine. At the manufacturer’s site, the FSA/HSA card is usable just like one uses a credit or a debit card and therefore, it can be used to purchase the machine from the manufacturer’s site without any issues. The patient needs to be aware of the possibility of the FSA/HSA balances expiring at the end of the year so for those patients who might face this issue close to the end of the year might want to go this route to purchase this machine.
Who is it Ideal For?
The SoClean 2 cleaning and Sanitizing machine for CPAP machines is ideal for anyone who uses a CPAP machine. It can be programmed for everyday use at a specific time and would complete the cleaning and sanitizing job quickly. The cleaning cycle takes 7 minutes.
- The SoClean 2 does not use water or harsh chemicals to clean the CPAP machines.
- It uses activated oxygen and is very easy to set up.
- It runs an automated operation to clean and sanitize the CPAP machine.
- The average cleaning cycle takes only 7 minutes.
- It can be programmed to clean every day at a specific time.
- It purchased may be covered by FSA/HSA accounts and can be checked with the provider before purchase. It is covered on the manufacturer’s website.
- The machine ensures completely fresh and clean air to the apnea patient.
- The machine carries a 2-year warranty.
- The manufacturer offers a 30-day risk-free trial.
- Some patients complain of smell after cleaning and sanitizing.
For CPAP machine owners, a Cleaning and sanitizing machine is not an option. It is mandatory as a dirty CPAP machine would pass dirty and germ infected air into their lings and could cause serious infections and ailments. SoClean 2 is the best option as it uses an automated process for cleaning. It is easy to set up and can be programmed to clean every day at a specific time. The cleaning and sanitizing cycle only takes around 7 minutes.