Many CPAP devices now contain circuitry that records hours of usage and the pressure.
There are also software tools that can be used to help the clinician monitor how their patients are using the CPAP.
|This chart shows when the patient is using their CPAP at night on 18 consecutive days.||This chart shows how the pressure on an intelligent CPAP varies on a given night of use.|
However, nothing can replace the close patient follow-up that can be provided by the physician and the CPAP therapist in helping their patient to get the maximum benefit from their CPAP.
With proper education and follow-up, CPAP compliance rates of over 70 % can be achieved, even in the primary care setting (1).
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