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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) in the Community

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CPAP is a type of non-invasive ventilation often used to treat obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). A CPAP machine works by administering a steady stream of airflow into the client’s airway, maintaining a continuous pressure that functions as a stent to keep the airway open throughout the night.

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Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a type of non-invasive ventilation commonly used to treat moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). A CPAP is often the first-line treatment for OSA in adults and is considered the most effective non-surgical intervention (UOM 2020). Clients can use a CPAP themselves in an outpatient or home setting. OSA causes partial or complete obstruction of the airway during sleep, causing the client to stop breathing, wake up and then go back to sleep. This process may repeat hundreds of times in one night.

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Carmel cusack
14 Jun 2021
Current, utilised to up date knowledge and skills in a timely and practical manner.
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Lorraine Hince
15 Jun 2021
Good overview, on safely using CPAP effectively.
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Lynee White
14 Jun 2021
Very beneficial and easy to read.
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Jo mungur
25 Jun 2021
Simple and easy to understand.
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Amanda Swinton
14 Jun 2021
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Samira khan
09 Jun 2021
Very helpful
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suellen gaynor
08 May 2022
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Good explanation
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Kujirakwinja Ruvogo
08 Apr 2022
Happy to know three components of the CPAP
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Mary Fletcher
14 Jun 2021
This is an excellent resource for those caring for patients needing CPAP. It also are great resource for educators.
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Jenny Mulder
09 Jun 2021
Excellent tool to reinforce knowledge.
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