Yes, some manufacturers supply batteries made specifically for their devices. These batteries are sealed Lithium ion batteries and are certified for use on planes. Speak to your Sleep Therapy Consultant to find out which battery is suitable for your CPAP device.
Yes. You’ll need to know what voltage you will be getting while on board. Consult with the airline or shipping line you are going with to find this out. Then talk with your ALH Clinic Representative or CPAP supplier to make sure that the CPAP will work at this voltage. As a rule, the airline will need a medical certificate from your doctor. They may also only let you use specific CPAP devices on board the flight. Getting all this ready can take some time. This means it is best to start planning well before your departure date.
Travel devices are slightly louder but not by much. The most common stationary CPAP devices have a sound power level of around 35 dBA. Travel CPAP devices (like the ResMed AirMini and the Philips DreamStation Go). typically have an increased sound power level of around 2 dBA.
The ResMed AirMini and Philips DreamStation Go are both effective travel devices capable of providing the same therapy you would receive from a stationary CPAP device. If you normally use a humidifier and would like to have the same feature on your portable device, the DreamStation Go has a separate humidifier that can attach to it. This does not mean that other makes and models are not suitable for travel. You should check with your CPAP supplier to verify the suitability of the particular CPAP device you currently have or wish to purchase for travel.
You can search for an Air Liquide Healthcare office or other CPAP provider near you. You will normally be able to be provided with the some level of support and assistance as you would receive in Australia.
Not all airlines require a letter from your doctor but we recommend obtaining one. If you plan to use your device while onboard, some airlines like Qantas require you to complete a clearance form prior to flying but do not require clearance from a medical practictioner.
Depending on the type of travel you are doing, you may require a battery, electrical adaptors, voltage converter and/or a DC inverter. Speak to your Sleep Therapy Consultant to find out which equipment is required for your travel.
As soon as you stop using CPAP, your breathing during the night will get worse. This means your daytime symptoms will come back. Think back to how things were before you started CPAP. There is a risk of going back to feeling this way. You may suffer from morning headaches and feel tired and moody during the day. Everyone is different and the time is takes for onset of these symptoms will vary, but it is possible that these may come back after the first night with no CPAP. Feeling tired during the day is a potential problem. This will raise your risk of road and other accidents if you are driving on your holiday or travels. If you feel tired, do not drive as you and others will be at risk.
There are a few variables to factor in when determining how long your CPAP portable battery will last when using your device. The higher the CPAP pressure required, the more more battery power will be used. A large mask leak will also demand more battery power. If you are using a humidifier with water, the battery power will run out much sooner than without a humidifier. As an example, if you use a ResMed AirMini or Philips DreamStation Go with the recommended manufacturer portable battery on a CPAP of 10cmH2O with no humidification, the battery life is estimated at 13 hours. These batteries are sealed Lithium ion batteries and are certified for use on planes. Speak to your Sleep Therapy Consultant to find out which battery is suitable for your CPAP device.
Most CPAP devices will automatically compensate for changes in altitude. Some older devices might require manual adjustment though. If no adjustment is made to these, it may deliver less effective therapy. Speak to your Sleep Therapy Consultant to find out if your device automatically compensates for changes in altitude. Alternatively, you can refer to the device User Manual where this information may be found.