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How is CPAP handled in the hospital?

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Unlike many in here, I love my CPAP and never sleep without it. For the hospital, I was told just to bring my mask with me and they would take care of the rest. But now I find myself worrying about just how they'll take care of the rest. I won't even doze without a CPAP and I know I'll have some heavy drugs in my system that will tend to make me sleepy. Can anyone fill me in on what's standard operating procedure?

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I took my whole machine with me, my hospital told me to bring it so I did and I did use it, of course don't need it anymore with the weight lose, but every hospital is different as we find out.

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I took mine with me per hospital instructions, of course I couldnt use until the NG tube was removed the following morning. Good news I am six months post op and been off my machine for about 3 months.

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My doctor made me bring mine to the hospital but then they never used it - kind of aggravating! I don't use it at home anymore though, which is awesome.

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I would check with the hospital. They sent me a packet of information that included a booklet letting me know what to expect and what to bring - my CPAP was on that list. I actually didn't use my CPAP in the hospital because it turned out it was leaking and not working and then they said I didn't need it. But when I checked in for surgery I took it back to the pre-op area and they put a sticker with my name on it so if it got lost they would know who's it was and kept it on my bed even into the OR. It pretty much went everywhere with me.

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I used the CPAP for a little bit while in the hospital but my mask didn't fit the equipment right and so it was very noisy. I think I would just bring in your machine in case what they have doesn't work well.

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I used the CPAP for a little bit while in the hospital but my mask didn't fit the equipment right and so it was very noisy. I think I would just bring in your machine in case what they have doesn't work well.

I think that may be the best idea--have my CPAP stashed in the car just in case I don't like theirs. Using it "a little bit" isn't really an option.

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This is a good thread! I am glad I found this because I was wondering the same thing myself! I am bringing mine with me !!

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I was told by admitting to bring my CPAP. Then it wasn't used. I was aggravated and do not recall what the deal was.

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My husband just brought his mask. A specialist came in to set it up, etc. He still needs to use his even with the weight

loss.

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I'm a respiratory therapist, and I can tell you that home cpap masks are not always compatible with the machines we use in the hospital. Plus the ones we have in the hosp are usually much bigger, noisier, etc. You will be much more comfortable just bringing your machine from home.

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I brought mine, as per instructions, and a repiratory therapist set it up for me. . .I don't think I slept a whole lot, but I did wear it when I dozed off. . .

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Sorry about the cut & paste but here goes...

If you have sleep apnea, they want you on CPAP or BiPAP and controlled. They will then tell you to bring your machine to the hospital with you for surgery in case you need it after surgery. Your settings are specific to you and the severity of your apnea. Here is the kicker..... many surgeons want the machine at the hosital but will not use it after surgery because any extra air that does not go into your lungs will go into your stomach...path of least resistance. Once that occurs it can cause leaks at the internal surgical sites, namely your stomach or sleeve. CPAP and BiPAP are pressures using room air or 21% oxygen. Some people, though the numbers are small, will be on CPAP or BiPAP with supplemental oxygen to raise the oxygen saturations if they normally run too low.

I was not able to start using my BiPAP again until I was 10 days post-op so as to minimize the side effects of the pressure. Some day I may never need it. For now, I love it! I hope this helps.

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I was told to bring only my mask. Then the nursing staff wanted to know where my machine was... I pulled out my info packet that said "just bring your mask" and they acted surprised! They managed to get a machine from Respiratory but the air it blew was cold and dry, and I ended up with a nosebleed. If you have sleep apnea and have a CPAP or BiPAP, bring your entire machine with you no matter what they say. You're well within your rights as a patient to use your own equipment.

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Sadly, I have a CPAP machine, but I don't use it. My Dr. says its just mild, and I can't stand it because I am a stomach sleeper & for some reason I can't sleep with it on my stomach. I think I've worn it a few times since I got it. I seem to get less sleep with it on. I hope they don't want me to bring it!

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I was told if I didn't bring mine, they'd through me into the ICU unit. I brought it, I used it but I have had trouble using it since I have been home.

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Many times after surgery your pressure settings need to be decreased.

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