This year, several CPAP and BiPAP machines have been recalled due to a recently discovered problem with a type of foam used to reduce the machine’s sound and vibrations. Reports say this foam can break down, allowing particles of the foam or chemical emissions to enter the device’s air pathway, which can be dangerous to breathe in or swallow.
According to the recall, the most likely reasons for the foam breakdown are exposure to heat and humidity and/or exposure to ozone.
How Ozone Damages CPAP Machines
Ozone is a highly reactive compound, so it can damage the chemical makeup of whatever it comes into contact with, depending on the material. Metal, wiring, displays and more can be oxidized by ozone and either stop working entirely or become hazardous to your health. According to recall reports, the type of sound-dampening foam used in the recalled machines is another material that reacts negatively to ozone exposure.
Running Ozone on CPAP Masks and Tubing
It’s important to understand that though ozone should not be used on the CPAP machine itself, you can effectively and safely run ozone over the masks and tubing.
While ozone can damage electronics and metal parts, it is safe to pass ozone over the plastics that make up a CPAP mask and tubing because these materials don’t oxidize and break down like metal.
When used as directed, ozone is completely safe to use on the accessories for your CPAP machine to refresh them in between uses. After using an ozone product like Sleep8, you may notice the crisp, fresh scent of ozone, but it won’t cause any damage to your CPAP accessories.
Don’t Void Your CPAP Warranty
Whether you are choosing your first CPAP machine or replacing your current one, keep in mind that not all ozone products are the same. Some products actually instruct users to connect the device itself to an ozone generator and actively pump ozone through it. Many manufacturers reserve the right to void your warranty if you use ozone on the device itself, so it’s important to make sure you’re not allowing your machine to come into contact with ozone.
How Sleep8 is Different
Sleep8 only uses ozone on CPAP accessories — like your mask, tubing and head gear — in a tightly sealed pouch, leaving your machine unaffected. You don’t have to worry about damaging your CPAP itself. Just seal your accessories inside the filter bag, press the button and go on with your day. They will be refreshed and ready for use when you get back.