Setting Up Your PAP System
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It’s not always easy to remember how to set up your PAP system on your own.

Follow these eight steps to set up your PAP system. If you have any questions, refer to the manual that came with your device.

  1. Place the device on a hard, level surface close to where you sleep, such as a nightstand. Make sure air can flow freely around the device. Then, plug the device into a standard electrical outlet.
  2. Check that there are gray and white filters on the back of the device. If not, insert the filters.
  3. If you’re using a humidifier, add distilled water according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Connect one end of the tubing to the airflow outlet on the top of your device. Make sure that it fits securely.
  5. Connect the other end of the tubing to your mask.
  6. Turn the device on. You may want to use the ramp feature or keep your device on the prescribed level of pressure.
  7. Place the headgear over your head and put the mask on your face. Make sure that air is flowing continuously to the mask.
  8. Adjust the mask if necessary. The mask should rest lightly and comfortably against your face. It is normal for a small amount of air to leak out of the mask where the exhalation ports are located, because the exhalation ports clear the carbon dioxide that you exhale. Generally, air should not leak out between your face and the mask. Minor leaks are not a problem if they don’t bother you or your bed partner. Note that adjusting the mask too tightly can cause leaks.
Tips on device and hose positions
  1. Consider looping the tubing over the headboard or under your pillow to reduce pull on the mask.
  2. Don’t block the exhalation port between the mask and the tubing.
  3. Position the exhalation port away from your bed partner, so he or she doesn’t feel any blowing air.
  4. Fill your humidifier with distilled water. Using distilled water instead of tap water helps avoid mineral deposits buildup.
  5. Make sure your device is placed on a clean, dust-free surface. Any nearby dust can be pulled into your device. Your filters help to catch dust and other particles, to extend the life of your device.

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