What is a Nebulizer?

Nebulizers are devices that can convert liquid medicines into an aerosol droplet that can be easily inhaled through a mouthpiece or mask. A nebulizer is intended to be used for an inhaling medication for a respiratory disorder.

Nebulizers can be used to treat a disease of the upper, lower and middle tract:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease also known as (COPD)
  • Bronchitis and Bronchitis Pneumonia
  • Rhinitis also known as Common Cold
  • Allergic Rhinitis also known as Hay Fever
  • Chronic Rhino-sinusitis

If you have asthma, your doctor might prescribe a nebulizer as a treatment or a breathing therapy. This device delivers the same type of medication like a metered-dose inhaler but works very differently. A Nebulizer might be easy to use than an MDI, especially in children who aren’t old enough to properly use an inhaler.

What type of medication can be used with a nebulizer?

Most medications for the treatment of the upper, middle and lower airway is available on a liquid form and could be therefore used with a nebulizer. Nebulizers allow a mixing of different medications in a nebulizer chamber, so they can be inhaled at the same time for a higher convenience.

What are the benefits of using a nebulizer?

A nebulizing medication can have a greater clinical effect compared to a similar or larger dose that is delivered orally or by subcutaneous injection. One of the key benefits of inhalation is the fact that the medication is delivered directly into the respiratory tract.

What else should I know?

Discuss an asthma treatment plan with a doctor. A Nebulizer is an effective treatment for asthma but a machine is noisy and would usually require a power source and a treatment would take much longer. If you are getting relief from a pump inhaler, your doctor might prescribe a nebulizer for use only when a pump isn’t working for you. Having a good nebulizer on hand can be a good plan to avoid an emergency visit.

Medical Supply Depot and Repairs have a wide range of Nebulizers to choose from for the treatment of your asthma or other Respiratory illness.

Oxygen Therapy Equipment Rental

Oxygen Therapy can help you regain a level of activity or comfort in your life that has been lost due to fatigue or respiratory distress.

Medical Supply Depot and Repairs offers a lot of Oxygen Therapy Solutions for your Oxygen needs.

  • Oxygen Concentrators
  • Portable Oxygen Concentrators

Whether it is for travel, for outdoors, sleep or general in-home use, Medical Supply Depot and Repairs is committed in finding the right medical equipment for your personal needs.

Professional Medical Equipment Repairs

Medical Supply Depot and Repairs is your provider for rental medical equipment in Miami Florida. Whether you are in need of a Knee Walker for a month or a mobility scooter for a week. Medical Supply Depot and Repairs is ready to help. We know that making a decision on medical equipment can be very difficult and that is why Medical Supply Depot and Repairs offer our rental program.

You’ll never know when you’ll suddenly have a loved one move in with you. What do I do? How can I take care of them? Should I put them inside a nursing home?

You can call our friendly staff and allow us to help you during this difficult and challenging process. We will show you a simple option that could save you a lot of money and make this change in your lives a lot easier. Come by through our convenient locations in Miami, Florida.

How to Choose a CPAP Machine

How to Buy a CPAP Machine?BLOG CPAP

Are you a first time CPAP Buyer? Medical Supply Depot and Repairs makes it easy for you to choose your first CPAP machine. A first time patient could be overwhelmed with the vast line of CPAP machines and CPAP masks available on the market. This introduction to CPAP machines should help you understand how to buy a CPAP machine, the differences between the types of CPAP Machines and the features involved.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most common form of treatment available for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A CPAP Machine would deliver pressurized air to  your throat to prevent your airway from collapsing when you sleep at night. The device is consisted of three parts: a machine that would pressurize the air from the room to your particular pressure needs, a hose that delivers the pressurized air and a mask that gently blows the air into your airways.

Once you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, the next step is for you to find a CPAP Machine that will work best for you. We at Medical Supply Depot and Repairs want to aid you in your search by giving you helpful tips on selecting a quality CPAP machine to maximize your therapy.

Do I Need a Prescription?

Whether you just started CPAP therapy or you are a veteran, you should know all CPAP Machines and CPAP masks, from any online vendor, requires a prescription.

Where to Buy your CPAP Machine – Online vs. Offline

There are many online vendors selling CPAP Machines but not all of them can be trusted or is a reputable CPAP supply retailer. If you choose to ahead and purchase your machine online, make sure that the provider you are purchasing from has a certified respiratory therapist to help guide you through your selection process.

The best option for purchasing a CPAP machine would be to go through a sleep clinic that has performed your sleep study. A lot of clinics have a durable medical equipment (DME) technician to get you fitted with a mask and give you information on how to use and maintain your CPAP Machine. A lot of clinics offer a free mask trial while you’re finding the right comfort fit, machine trials would allow you to sample the different CPAP machines and a warranty service would help you in getting your machine repaired.

CPAP Machine Manufacturers

Getting a quality machine is probably one of the most important choices that you have to make. You have to make sure that the machine that you are purchasing will be working efficiently and consistently every night. While there are a lot of manufacturers of CPAP machines nowadays, it is paramount that you choose a CPAP machine that is made by one of the top manufacturers. The two leading CPAP equipment manufacturers are Philips Respironics and ResMed. Both of these companies have been manufacturing CPAP equipment for the past couple of decades and have both consistently put out a high-quality CPAP machine and accessories. Another reputable CPAP machine manufacturers are: Fisher and Paykel and Aeiomed.

CPAP Machine Features to Consider

  • Mask selection

Finding the perfect mask is the most important aspect of CPAP use compliance.

  • Noise

While almost all CPAP machines today are made whisper quiet (below 30 decibels) some are still quieter than others. If sound is an issue, be sure to check the decibel levels of each machine.

  • Humidifier

Having air continuously blown into your airways could lead to a dry and irritated airway but there are CPAP machines that come with an added humidifier rather than as an optional feature. Having a humidifier that could separate from the machine could come in handy when traveling when you don’t want to take an entire machine.

  • Portability

If you frequently travel, having a small, lightweight, compact machine could be your best option. It is also important to check if your machine comes with a multiple plug-in adapter like a DC power supply or an international plug, as well as an option to use a portable battery.

  • Ramp

When you first put on your CPAP mask at night and turn the machine on, it might be difficult to adapt to the immediate airflow of your pressure settings especially if you have a moderate to severe sleep apnea, which would require a relatively high pressure. A ramp is a comfort feature that would allow your machine to gradually build-up to the prescribed pressure that would make the compliance much easier.

  • Exhalation pressure relief

This feature would make it easier to exhale your breath against the incoming pressurized air that would make breathing feel more than normal and easier. The machine maintains the prescribed air pressure setting during inhalation but scales them back a bit during exhalation so you won’t feel like fighting against the incoming air.

  • Heated tubing

A small heating coil is placed in the tubing that is connecting the machine to the mask and helps keep the air in the tube at a constant temperature. This feature would aid in reducing condensation build-up in the tube and mask so there won’t be moisture that will drip into your face.

  • Mask On/Off Alert

A lot of sleepers toss and turn during sleep, when that happens their mask might come off or lose its seal. There are machines that have an alert that would beep to wake the sleeper and remind them that their mask has come loose.

  • Leak Compensation

If your mask is leaking for any reason, a machine with this feature could compensate by increasing the airflow to ensure that you are still getting the prescribed pressure at all times.

  • Data Recording

A lot of machines come with a different capability of recording data. Some would only record information such as how long the machine was used at night while other are capable of giving much more information such as apnea events, hypopnea events, change in pressure, leak rate and information on snoring and a lot more. It could be used to check daily, weekly or monthly averages.

  • Warranties

All CPAP Machines carry at least a 2 year warranty. The CPAP People handles all warranty claims for devices that we sell. If you experience a problem with your machine, you need only to call our helpful Customer Care representatives at (888) 738-5788.

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Medical Supply Depot and Repairs realizes that one of the most aspects to CPAP use compliance is in making sure that all CPAP users have the latest, high quality equipment possible and we want to make sure that you are fully informed as to which machine and masks will help you continue your prescribed therapy.

Introduction to Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?BLOG Medical

Sleep apnea is one of the most common types of sleeping disorders. In this disorder, breathing abruptly stops and then starts again. This would keep on happening repetitively and you will evidently keep on snoring loudly. Other effects include a feeling of tiredness, even after a proper night’s sleep.

3 Main Types of Sleep Apnea:

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea – breathing will abruptly stop and start when the throat muscles relax.
  2. Central Sleep Apnea – breathing will abruptly stop and start when the brain fails to coordinate with the muscles that control breathing.
  3. Complex Sleep Apnea – it is a combination of the two sleep apneas.

SYMPTOMS OF SLEEP APNEA

There are no clear cut signs and symptoms that distinguish one form of sleep apnea from the other. This means that a person who is suffering from an Obstructive Sleep Apnea could show the same signs and symptoms of a person with a Central Sleep Apnea. This would make it difficult for a medical practitioner to recommend a proper CPAP  Machine for Sleep Apnea Treatment. Nevertheless, here are the symptoms which are prevalent among all sleep apnea patients:

  • Excessively loud snoring
  • Frequent panting or breath cessation during the sleep
  • Abrupt awakenings from sleep only to find yourself short of breath
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Having difficulty sleeping (mild-to-moderate insomnia)
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness and sleepiness (hyper-insomnia)
  • Attention problems, low concentration span and possible ADD
  • Frequent  and persistent irritability and mood swings

Sleep apnea patients are easily drained in a day-to-day chore. If you feel chronically fatigued, irritable and sleepy at all times then there is a chance that you might be suffering from sleep apnea. Loud snoring, often punctuated by a period of silence is a typical indicator of sleep apnea. In any case, it would be best to consult with a professional doctor if you are showing one or more of the above mentioned conditions.

Causes of Sleep Apnea

As mentioned earlier, obstructive sleep apnea is the most commonly occurring sleep apnea It occurs when during sleep, the muscles located in the back of your throat would relax. These muscles from the supporting structure for a soft palate of your gum and a small piece of tissue hanging towards the deep beginning of your throat (known as the uvula).

When your throat muscles relax, your air passage would narrow and start to close in. This would restrict the flow of oxygen within your body. Your brain would since the dropping oxygen level from your lungs and blood cells and briefly awaken you from sleep so that you can get up, breathe heavily and restore your oxygen level.

upon sleeping, the falling oxygen level in a sleep apnea patient would make them snore, choke or grasp for air. This pattern would keep on repeating itself from 5 times up to 30 times within an hour of sleep. Due to these disruptions, a sleep apnea patient wouldn’t be able to get enough sleep at night and would remain drowsy, lethargic and irritable throughout the day.

Sleep apnea could lead to a serious long-term health implication if not treated on a regular basis. Contact us today to learn more about a CPAP Machine for your CPAP Therapy.