The importance of resupply

The Importance of Resupply

For patients using CPAP therapy, nebulizer therapy, oxygen therapy, or incontinence products, the amount of information to keep track for medical equipment resupply of can be daunting. Many patients may often feel pressured by their supplier or insurance to replace medical equipment supplies more frequently. This can lead to a feeling of wastefulness or excess. Resupply is important because it maintains equipment effectiveness and sterility.

Maintain Equipment Effectiveness

The main factor in the importance of resupply is for treatment to remain effective. In the case of CPAP supplies, for example, supplies are changed out regularly in large part to preserve the seal created by the CPAP mask in order to open the airway to a degree that restful sleep can be obtained. Deteriorated equipment is less effective. If headgear has worn out elastic, or a mask cushion has become malformed, this can result in leaks, discomfort, marks and sore areas on the face. Similarly, if you do not replace oxygen cannulas or nebulizer tubing, obstructions from dirt buildup and other problems resulting from normal wear and tear can decrease their effectiveness as well.

Maintain Equipment Sterility

Beyond effectiveness, the other driving factor in the importance of resupply is maintaining sterility of equipment. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, especially for medical equipment. For example, respiratory therapy interacts directly with airways, sinuses, lungs, and other sensitive areas. Improperly changed supplies increase the risk of respiratory infections and other types of negative health consequences. Over time and repeated use, supplies naturally develop bacteria and dirt buildup, even if proper preventative cleaning procedures are followed.

Medical Equipment Resupply Guidelines

Given the cost of supplies, some patients tend to push their supplies as long as they will go. Because regular resupply programs can mitigate infections and other complications which can ultimately be life-threatening, you should err on the side of caution. Insurance programs such as Medicare have set up strict resupply guidelines dictating when patients should change out their medical supplies.

If you are utilizing medical treatments that require resupply such as CPAP therapy, incontinence supplies, or Oxygen therapy, contact Aeroflow Healthcare today. Our trained representatives can contact you at regular intervals when you are eligible for medical supplies under your insurance, removing the guesswork from your therapy, saving you money, and giving you one less thing to worry about.

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