All hoses have connectors on the end. They can be made from rubber or hard connection which is known as stability end. At the end, where the mask will be connected, all of them have a diameter of 22mm.
Many of the hoses, have just one connector,allowing you to connect it to one mask. However, some users who need or want additional elements to be added can use adapters such as Oxygen Enrichment Adapter. Those connections are used to add supplemental oxygen connectors to the system. Adapters are usually compatible with all CPAP machines but some maybe made for a specific type.
Cleaning the Hose
All patients need to know that hose in a CPAP machine system must be cleaned on a regular basis. Ideally, you will need to clean it once per day, but cleaning it a few times per week is possible as well. Not cleaning it is a common mistake and can be linked to various issues,symptoms, and also decrease in therapy success.
How you can clean the hose?
The simplest method is by using soap and water. It is far from the best method though. First of all, you will create an environment that is great for bacteria and germs.You are trying to kill them and not to help them grow, so you can see the problem here.
An ideal solution these days is Prime Clean. It is an ozone cleaner that will do all the hard work instead of you.You will need to connect it to the hose, activate it, and leave it for 40 minutes. Once done, detach it and leave it for 10 additional minutes. This is done so the ozone can be returned to ordinary oxygen.
After this process, you will have a perfectly clean hose. Ozone will be removed meaning it is a 100% safe method, period. The process will kill 99% of bacteria and germs. It is the most effective option today.
Managing the hose
While you sleep, your CPAP hose must be managed. This simply means that you need to lay it down in such a way it won’tt angle while you sleep. There are optional accessories such as tube management,hose lift system, and hose management systems that will prevent that from happening.
Using these accessories isn’t mandatory but it is very desirable. If a hose is tangled the airflow may be decreased which will have side effects on your therapy!