|Course Name||CPAP Titration|
Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Define what is meant by Daytime CPAP Titration.
- Compare results of patients who receive a regular nocturnal CPAP titration with patients who receive a daytime CPAP titration.
- Explain the purpose of daytime CPAP titration.
Course InformationCPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. Nasal CPAP therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical way to treat obstructive sleep apnea.
When a patient comes into the Sleep Center to be titrated on nasal CPAP, he or she is fitted with a relatively small, comfortable mask that goes over the nose only. This mask is hooked up to a CPAP unit, which delivers an air pressure through the nose into the back of the airway to splint the airway open during sleep with air. Initially, the CPAP unit uses a low air pressure that allows patients to breathe easily in and out against the slight pressure. When the patient is asleep, the pressure is adjusted (titrated) to keep the back of the airway open during sleep. Pressure is titrated to keep the patient apnea-free in all stages of sleep and in all body positions. The CPAP allows the patient to achieve restful and deep sleep without interruption during the night. Patients with sleep apnea not only get a good night’s sleep on CPAP therapy, but also prevent long-term damage to their heart and body that could be caused by lack of oxygen and poor sleep.