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Bringing Awareness to Sleep Apnea

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Prism Health Care is teaming up with the University of Chicago to bring awareness to sleep apnea by sponsoring Sleep Therapy Week during the week of October 30.

Sleep Week Events

All events will be held at Prism Health Care Services at 1337 Basswood Road
in Schaumburg.

Demystifying the Sleep Study

Monday, October 30, 5:00-7:00pm
Learn what to expect before and after a sleep study and the differences between conducting a sleep study in the home setting versus inpatient/lab environment. Light refreshments will be served. 

The Trick to Disinfecting Your CPAP

Tuesday, October 31, 11:00am-1:00pm and 3:00-5:00pm
Live demonstrations featuring SoClean, the fastest and more effective way to clean your CPAP equipment.  

CPAP Mask Sale

Wednesday, November 1, 8:30am-5:00pm
60% off for the first 60 Customers for all private pay clearance masks, featuring Resmed, Respironics, Fisher and Paykel. 40% off discount available otherwise. Must have current physician prescription for purchase.

The Smallest Portable CPAP Available Today

Thursday, November 2, 11:00am-1:00pm
Live demonstrations of the AirMini, the smallest portable CPAP on the market today with effective waterless humidification for portable convenience.  

Three Presentations: Enhance PAP Therapy, Healthy Holiday Recipes, and Maintaining Your Health in 2018

Friday, November 3, Noon-3:00pm

Eighteen million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where your breathing is interrupted during sleep—sometimes hundreds of times during the night. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you know the importance of using your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy as prescribed by your doctor on a nightly basis. 

A CPAP can be a life-changing device, leaving you more refreshed after sleep while aiding in the prevention and treatment of several other health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart failure and diabetes. For those with sleep apnea, traveling with a CPAP machine can be challenging. Many CPAP wearers choose to leave their devices at home because they do not feel comfortable bringing it with them. However, it is essential to feel your best for an important business meeting or to truly enjoy vacation. There is no reason treatment should keep you from traveling and getting a good night’s sleep!

Did you know that a CPAP machine will run on any power supply in the world with the right adapter? It has also been approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for travel and use abroad. Many airlines do not count a CPAP case as part of the carry-on limit because it is medical equipment. They also do not usually charge an additional fee. Your CPAP may run on 12V batteries, just check with the manufacturer or your home medical equipment provider. All of these features help make it a bit easier to travel with your CPAP.

CPAP Travel Suggestions

  • Write down your home medical equipment provider’s phone number for support/emergency supplies.
  • Pack an extension cord just in case.
  • Bring the correct electrical adaptor when traveling outside the US. Your CPAP machine will automatically convert to the appropriate voltage.
  • If traveling with your humidifier, use bottled water if you cannot find distilled.
  • Bring your CPAP device as a carry-on so that it is not lost or damaged.
  • Add some extra time to go through airport security.
  • Be prepared to have the CPAP X-rayed or inspected by security agents.
  • If you decide to use your CPAP while in flight, it is a good idea to contact your airline two weeks in advance to make sure you will have access to a power outlet.
  • Do not use the humidifier. During turbulence or a bump in the road, water could spill into the machine and damage it. In addition, you may not have access to enough voltage to run both the CPAP and the humidifier. Simply turn your humidifier setting to “off.”

For the avid traveler, CPAP manufacturers have begun to produce smaller devices aimed at helping a CPAP therapy patient travel with ease. While these devices are not commonly covered by insurance, they do offer significant convenience due to size and unique humidity options and can be an ideal secondary device. If you would like more information about sleep apnea solutions, CPAP therapy or more, contact us at 1-800-493-7200.

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