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Sleep Medicine

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TSGQ registered nurse and polysomnographic technician Travis Bell joined 612 ABC radio presenter Kelly Higgins-Devine to discuss sleep disorders on 2nd February 2015.

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Scientists have found that that activation of cholinergic neurons - those that release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine -- in two brain stem structures can induce REM sleep in an animal model. Better understanding of mechanisms that control different sleep states is essential to improved treatment of sleep disorders.

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Going to bed early could help individuals avoid repetitive negative thinking, according to a recent study. According to the authors, repetitive negative thinking is "defined as an abstract, perseverative, negative focus on one's problems and experiences that is difficult to control."

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In a recent US study results indicated that poor sleep may be an early warning sign for addictive and “regretful” behaviour; such as alcohol problems, illicit drug abuse and sexual behaviour. US researchers reviewed the sleep patterns of 6500 adolescents in combination with drug and alcohol habits, between 1994 and 2002.

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Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have discovered a link between sleep loss and cell injury. Results of a new study find sleep deprivation causes the damage to cells, especially in the liver, lung, and small intestine. Recovery sleep following deprivation heals the damage.

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New research confirms that sleep disturbances are linked to pain and depression, but not disability, among patients with osteoarthritis (OA).  Results from a new study found that poor sleep increases depression and disability, but does not worsen pain over time.

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Cleaning and Maintenance of CPAP Equipment

Q:  How often should I clean my mask and CPAP equipment?

A:  It is important that your CPAP equipment is cleaned regularly.  A few minutes spent each day will improve the lifespan of your equipment and will also ensure that the therapy is hygienic.

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It is essential that every morning your mask is hand-washed in warm soapy water, thoroughly rinsed with clean water and allowed to air dry out of direct sunlight.  Avoid using harsh detergents or products that contain bleach, alcohol or antibacterial agents as these may damage your equipment.  Liquid soap or baby shampoo are recommended.

Disconnect the tubing from the machine/ humidifier and hang over a towel rack or door handle to allow it to dry.  The water tank should also be removed from the humidifier every morning and washed with a mild detergent.  It should not be replaced until you are ready to use your PAP device again.

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Separate the components of your mask (including the headgear) and thoroughly clean in warm soapy water.   This is a good time to inspect the integrity of each part.  Any damaged pieces should be discarded and replaced.  A soft bristle brush, such as a clean toothbrush, is ideal for cleaning the frame and diffuser ports of your mask.   In addition, hand-wash the tubing that connects your mask to your PAP device and allow to air dry.

Masks

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1. Disconnect headgear.

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2. Wash using warm soapy water.

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3. Rinse thoroughly.

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4. Disassemble the mask (the mask here is forillustration purposes only).

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5. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean the frame thoroughly.

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6. Ensure the seal, clips and frame are separated for the best clean.

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7. Use the toothbrush to thoroughly clean the seal.

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8. Once cleaned rinse off all soap residue.

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9. Once rinsed set aside out of direct sunlight to air dry.


Machines

Phillips Respironics System One



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1. Remove your humidifier tub.

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2. Open the tub and wash with warm soapy water.

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3. Rinse tub thoroughly and leave to dry out of direct sunlight

ResMed S9 Series



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1. Remove the humidifier tub from the machine.

2. Open the tub and clean in warm soapy water.

3. Rinse the tub and leave out of direct sunlight to air dry.

Machine Filters

Phillips Respironics System One



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1. You should notice dust building up on the foam filter over time.

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2. Occasional wiping with a damp cloth will remove the surface dust.

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3. The filter should be replaced after 6-12 months.

ResMed S9 Series



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1. Remove the filter cap.

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2. Inspect the air intake.

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3. Clean with damp cloth.

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4. Replace old filter with new.

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5. Dispose of old filter.


ResMed S8 Series

   

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1. Remove the back cover.

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2. Remove the old filter.

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3. Dispose of the old filter.

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4. Insert new filter

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5. Replace back cover

 


 

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