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Philips Respironics Remstar CPAP device instructions

This resource is a guide to the use of the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine.

The equipment you should have includes:

  1. 1 x CPAP machine
  2. 1 x electrical power cable
  3. 1 x air hosing or tubing
  4. 1 x mask (type may vary depending on individual need)

Know your device

CPAP device diagram annotated showing LCD display screen, power connection, air inlet port, hose connection, control wheel and ramp button






Setting up the device

    1. Place the CPAP device in a suitable position near the bed with good clearance for the air inlet port (preferably on bed side table).
    2. Connect the power cord to the AC socket at the back of the device also connecting the CPAP device to your electrical power outlet.
    3. Connect one rubber end of the hosing onto the hose connection point.
    4. Connect the other end of the tubing onto the mask.

Starting treatment

  1. The ‘Home’ screen should be displayed on your device.

Diagram of home screen including buttons for Therapy (top left), C Flex (top right), Information (bottom left), and Setup (bottom right)

  1. Put the mask on as directed by the respiratory team.
  2. Turn the control wheel so that the ‘Therapy’ screen is highlighted by the black background.

Diagram of home screen including buttons for Therapy (top left), C Flex (top right), Information (bottom left), and Setup (bottom right), where 'Therapy' is highlighted

  1. Press the control wheel down to turn on the airflow and begin therapy. The therapy screen will be displayed which will show your treatment pressure.
  2. If you find this too high to get to sleep with press the ‘Ramp’ button which will reduce the therapy to 4cm H20 – you will see the therapy screen change to the diagram below. The pressure will then gradually increase back up to your treatment pressure over 20-40 minutes.

Device display screen showing 4.0cm H2O

  1. Make sure your mask is fitting correctly and there are no leaks around the mask cushion. Adjust the mask if necessary.
  2. If you wake and find the pressure is too high to get back to sleep, press the ‘Ramp’ button to return the machine to 4cm H20 which will allow you to return to sleep quicker.
  3. When you wake in the morning to finish treatment or if you need to get up in the night for any reason, press the control wheel again to turn the therapy off and return to the home screen.
  4. To restart treatment follow steps 2 onwards.

What will happen during the night?

During the night the device will deliver a constant pressure to maintain a normal airway during sleep. This should result in an improved quality of sleep which will hopefully decrease the symptoms of daytime tiredness.

Cleaning and maintenance

  1. Disconnect the air tubing and hang it in a clean dry place until next use.
  2. Clean the mask if needed with warm water and a cloth.
  3. Check spaceship filter, change if dirty or discoloured.
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Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

Resource number: HV8

Resource Type: Article

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