AirFit P30i: Which size for you?

The Covid-19 pandemic has spelled challenges for care services throughout the world. As a result, some CPAP users might be experiencing some changes when it comes to accessing their healthcare provider or doctor for in-person setup advice. It might mean that you’re finding yourself collaborating online with your physician, or you could be looking to make use of virtual resources to help you choose your mask after receiving a prescription for CPAP therapy. If that sounds like you, read on for some fitting tips for the ResMed AirFit P30i nasal pillows mask.

AirFit P30i, at a glance

If you’re a nasal pillows mask user, or your doctor has prescribed a nasal pillows mask, the AirFit P30i gives you the freedom to sleep in a natural way. This tube-up design (where the mask vents are placed on top of the head and on the cushion) is geared towards simplicity and discretion, allowing you to read or get close to your bed partner. Plus, as the P30i features a nasal pillows cushion, we offer a starter pack which suits the needs of the majority of patients so sizing for your mask doesn’t have to be complicated.

Starter packs for AirFit P30i

In our online shop you’ll find AirFit P30i starter packs in Small and Medium. The sizes refer to the size of mask frame, not the cushion.

Generally, women can opt for Small while men can find an effective fit with Medium. All P30i frames are SpringFit™ which self-adjust to the size of your head. Headgear can be easily adjusted too, helping you achieve a comfortable fit throughout your therapy.

Measuring for a mask at home: AirFit N30i

For many of us, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we interact with doctors and healthcare professionals. If you’re a CPAP therapy user, you might be using more online methods and virtual resources to consider – in partnership with your physician   – which mask works for you.

If you’ve received a prescription for CPAP therapy, then read on to see how you can take measurements from home for the AirFit™ N30i and use these to select your mask.

First off, choosing a mask that suits your needs and sleeping style is important because a comfortable therapy experience could help you stay on track and lead to more quality sleep. The ResMed AirFit N30i is a tube-up CPAP mask with an adjustable frame. The top-of-the-head tube is designed to give you freedom of movement, while an under-the-nose cushion helps eliminate marks on the nasal bridge.

Watch the following two videos, then take a look below to find out how to use our sizing template and discover handy tips for achieving a good fit with the N30i.

AirFit F30i: Measuring for your mask at home

A comfortable CPAP experience could help you stay on track with therapy and lead to better sleep, so choosing a mask that helps you achieve this is important. With the Covid-19 pandemic changing the way healthcare is accessed and more appointments happening online, how can you go about choosing the right mask once you’ve received a CPAP prescription from your doctor and discussed mask options? To help out, we have some resources to support you in your size choice and achieve an effective fit from home.

In this article, we’ll focus on the AirFit F30i, a tube-up full face CPAP mask designed with natural sleep in mind. The top-of-the-head tube allows you to move freely and sleep in any position[i] – even on your belly! – while an under-the-nose cushion eliminates the risk of red marks on the nasal bridge and gives you the opportunity to read in bed or watch a movie while wearing your mask. If this sounds like the mask for you, check with your healthcare professional to make sure it meets your therapy needs, then read on to find out how to use our sizing template and discover handy tips for achieving a good fit.

Measuring for your AirFit F30i mask cushion

A fitting template for the Airfit F30i CPAP mask is available as a download here. Once downloaded, it can be printed out in either colour or black and white, so don’t worry if you don’t have a colour printer.

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Using the template:
1. Ensure the template is printed to scale – you can check this using the ruler image on the right of the printout
2. Cut along the dotted line using a pair of scissors
3. Now, line up one of the size reference images (labelled S, M, SW, W) below your nose. The paper should be touching the skin of your upper lip and the image facing upwards as shown on the template
4. The sides of your nostrils and tip of your nose should not exceed the dotted lines of the sizing area. If they do, you’ll need the next size up, so try aligning your nose with a different sizing area until you find one in which your nose can comfortably fit.
Cushions in sizes S, M and W are available as part of a starter pack in our online shop. If you find that a SW cushion suits you best you will need to order your cushion as a spare part.

Measuring for your mask frame

Getting the right fit for your frame is essential in order to achieve effective mask seal – and a restful night’s sleep! To help you decide whether you need a Small, Medium or Large frame you can use our AirFit F30i fitting guidelines. Accurate measurement is important, so you’ll need a flexible tape measure on-hand.

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Although we offer AirFit F30i starter packs for hassle-free buying, you may wish to mix and match your cushion and frame size, particularly if you need a Large frame. In this case, it’s best to order your frame as a spare part.
Once you received your mask, make sure you read the user guide for full product information and usage instructions.

What’s next?
Now that you’ve chosen your mask cushion and frame size, you’re ready to order! Use your measurements to buy online or share this information with your healthcare professional to discuss. If you need further advice, just get in touch with our customer services team who are more than happy to help. Sweet dreams!

AirFit F20: How to measure your ideal mask size at home

During the Coronavirus situation, we’re all helping to stop the spread by staying at home. But if you’re about to start therapy or curious about a new mask and aren’t able to visit a CPAP store, how will you know which size mask is right for you?

Luckily, it’s easy to find the correct mask size from the comfort of your own home!

Finding the perfect fit is all about a CPAP mask that’s most comfortable for your facial features and personal sleep style. A perfect fit is also key to your CPAP therapy success. That’s why we used input from hundreds of CPAP users with a wide range of facial features to design AirFit F20.

The result is a mask that fits nearly everyone and has become one of the most widely used CPAP masks in the world.

How to determine the right size for an AirFit F20 mask:

Option 1) Measure your face using a ruler or tape measure   *recommended method*

To determine the correct mask size for your facial structure, we recommend taking exact measurements using the method described below. This is the most accurate way to determine your correct size.

  1. Find a ruler or measuring tape at home. When measuring, please try to use a rigid measuring tool and measure in a straight line up and down.
  2. Measure from the bridge of your nose to the indent on your chin (just below your bottom lip). It may be helpful to have a friend assist you. *See fig. 1 below. You should be measuring from the height of the bridge of your nose (which his usually just below your eye line) down to the indent in your chin.
  3. Match your measurement with the given sizes below to find the correct sizing for you.

Option 2)  Measure your face using a printed sizing template

If you don’t have a ruler or tape measure, we’ve created a printable sizing template you can use at home. Here’s how to use the printable sizing template:

  1. Access the ‘AirFit F20 Fitting Template’ PDF
  2. Open the file. Print the file at home. It doesn’t need to be in color – black and white is fine.
  3. After printing the template, get a pair of scissors and cut out along the dotted line. Once cut, the template should look like the one below. *See fig. 2 below.
  4. Align the arrow on the sizing guide to the bridge of your nose. *See fig. 2 below.
  5. Select the most appropriate size by referring to the area of the guide just below your bottom lip, in the indent on your chin.

And that’s it! Now you know which size to request from your CPAP equipment provider. If you continue to have mask comfort issues, you should work with your respiratory therapist and CPAP equipment store once the self-isolation recommendations have been lifted.

This blog post contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website. The views expressed on this blog and website have no relation to those of any academic, hospital, practice, or other institution with which the authors are affiliated and do not directly reflect the views of ResMed or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates

AirFit N20: How to measure your ideal mask size at home

During the Coronavirus situation, we’re all helping to stop the spread by staying at home. But if you’re about to start therapy or curious about a new mask and aren’t able to visit a CPAP store, how will you know which size mask is right for you?

Luckily, it’s easy to find the correct mask size from the comfort of your own home.

Because everyone’s face is unique, it’s important to choose based on your facial features. And with so many CPAP mask designs to choose from, it can be hard to know which ones will fit yours. That’s what makes AirFit N20 and its 99% fit range so incredible. It’s been tested on CPAP users from around the world, with a wide range of facial features, and has proven to fit nearly everyone.1

How to determine the right size for an AirFit N20 mask:

Option 1) Measure your face using a ruler or tape measure *preferred method*

To determine the correct mask size for your facial structure, we recommend taking exact measurements using the method described below. This is the most accurate way to determine your correct size.

  1. Find a ruler or measuring tape at home. When measuring, please try to use a rigid measuring tool and measure in a straight line horizontally (left to right).
  2. Measure from the outside of your nose on the left to the outside of your nose on the right. It may be helpful to have a friend assist you. *See fig. 1 below. You should be measuring the width of your nose, from the two farthest points on your face.
  3. Match your measurement with the given sizes below to find the correct sizing for you.

To determine the correct mask size for your facial structure (if you do not own a ruler or tape measure), please use the method described below.

  1. Access the ‘AirFit N20 Fitting Template’ PDF
  2. Open the file. Print the file at home. It doesn’t need to be in color – black and white is fine.
  3. When the template is printed, get a pair of scissors and cut out along the dotted line. Once cut, the template should look like the one below. *See fig. 2 below.
  4. Align the sizing guide under the nose, so that the flares of both nostrils are between the appropriate sizing indent. *See fig. 2 below.

**In the figure below, the patient measures as a Large. However, if you think you are in between sizes (i.e. Small and Medium), we recommend going with the larger size as it will be more comfortable for you!

And that’s it! Now you know which size to request from your CPAP equipment provider. If you continue to have mask comfort issues, you should work with your respiratory therapist and CPAP equipment store once the self-isolation recommendations have been lifted.

This blog post contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website. The views expressed on this blog and website have no relation to those of any academic, hospital, practice, or other institution with which the authors are affiliated and do not directly reflect the views of ResMed or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates

7 Common CPAP mask problems & how to solve them

If you have a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine as a part of your sleep apnoea therapy, it goes without saying that you’ll get the most from your therapy by keeping it regular and consistent.

Consistency comes from using the machine during every sleep as instructed and keeping as close to a routine as is feasible. While a CPAP machine can offer relief and a better night’s sleep, it’s not without its minor challenges too. Most commonly, CPAP users can encounter issues with the mask. If you’re experiencing any issues with your mask, we’ve listed seven common concerns around CPAP masks, and how you can solve them, so you can focus on getting a great night’s rest.

The CPAP mask plays a major role in the functioning of the sleep apnoea machine, and as it is the only part of your therapy with direct contact to your skin, it is the one part that most people have questions about. Here, we look at all of the common mask problems and, more importantly, how to solve them so you can get the most out of your nightly treatment.

Do you have air leaking from your CPAP mask or your mouth?

Why CPAP-mask leak can be a problem.

  • Noise of air escaping from the mask can disturb your sleep and that of your partner.
  • Air escaping from the mask into the eyes can cause irritation, resulting in them becoming bloodshot swollen and dry.
  • The effectiveness of your therapy can be compromised if the leak is excessive, this is because the effective pressure to maintain your open airway will be lost as the air escapes around the mask or out through the mouth. This can cause breakthrough symptoms during the day such as increased tiredness and snoring at night.

Mask leak – Air leaks from the mask when the mask is not correctly fitted.

Insufficient cleaning could cause problems with your mask

  • This may be due to the headgear being adjusted incorrectly i.e. over-tightened or too loose.
  • Also frequent changes of position during the night may cause the mask to shift position and cause leakage.
  • Insufficient cleaning of the cushion of the mask retains facial oils on the cushion and as the pressure rises will cause the mask to lift off the face.
  • The age of the mask can affect its ability to seal well as over time the cushion may wear and the headgear lose its full elasticity.

Solving your mask leak

  • Check that your mask harness is not over-tightened. If this is too tight the air is unable to inflate the thin outer membrane of the mask. The temptation is always to tighten the mask when a leak occurs, however, this can be the cause of the problem.
  • Facial contours can change when we lie down and muscles can relax once we are asleep, so it is always best to adjust the mask while you are in your sleeping position.
  • The inflation of the dual wall of the cushion ensures that the mask remains in contact with the face, maintaining an effective seal as you move during the night.
  • Excessive mask leak and an inability to achieve a good seal is often the first clue that your cushion needs replacing. ResMed masks should last approximately one year if cared for correctly.
  • To get the optimal life from your mask, be sure to wash your face each night before putting on your mask and avoid using face creams just before bedtime. Wipe your cushion each morning with a warm damp flannel to remove any facial oils. At least once a week wash your mask thoroughly, using original washing up liquid and avoid using anything with perfumes, moisturisers, antibacterial agents, bleaches, etc. Rinse with fresh water and always dry your mask and cushion out of direct sunlight and not on a radiator.

Excessive mask leak and an inability to achieve a good seal is often the first clue that your cushion needs replacing.

Air leak from the mouth

  • Caused if nasal problems such as blocked sinuses, colds, allergies, deviated septum prevent adequate ventilation through the nose warranting sporadic or continuous mouth breathing. Patients who have had throat surgery for snoring in the past may also experience mouth breathing due to the changes in the anatomy of that area.
  • Mouth breathing often causes an excessive dry mouth and sore throat.

Problem solving your mask leak from the mouth

  • If you experience mouth breathing a full face mask will certainly work for you and would allow you the option of breathing through your nose and/or mouth.
  • If your mouth is excessively dry in the morning and your throat is frequently sore this is an indication that you are probably breathing through your mouth.
  • Patients who find it difficult to use a full face mask may find some benefit from use of a chin strap which helps to hold the lower jaw to remain closed, but a full face mask is the preferred option.

This blog post contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website. The views expressed on this blog and website have no relation to those of any academic, hospital, practice, or other institution with which the authors are affiliated and do not directly reflect the views of ResMed or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.