• October 27, 2019 4:08 PM

Information for CPAP and BIPAP Users

Information for CPAP and BIPAP Users

Information for CPAP and BIPAP Users 150 150 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

For CPAP and BIPAP users, a power outage may impact your ability to use CPAP or
BIPAP to treat your sleep apnea.

What are some options to consider in the event of a power outage?

Remember that regular usage of CPAP/BIPAP has carry over benefits for a night or
two, by increasing muscle tone in your mouth and throat. Your sleep apnea may not
be as severe on a single night without CPAP/BIPAP as it was before you started
treatment.

There are a few things you can do to reduce your sleep apnea severity if you find
yourself without CPAP/BIPAP:

  • Sleep on your side or stomach, but NOT on your back
  • Sleep semi-upright (e.g., in a recliner)
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Do not smoke tobacco or marijuana
  • Do not use narcotic pain medicines or other sedatives

Backup power options in event of a power outage include:

  • A generator. If you have a generator, be sure to follow safety instructions and use
    only as needed to save fuel. Always allow the generator to cool completely
    before refueling.
  • A rechargeable CPAP battery. Available options can be found online, e.g. from
    https://www.CPAP.com.

*If you use CPAP, BIPAP or an oxygen concentrator for chronic respiratory failure and
not just CPAP/BIPAP for sleep apnea, planning for power outages by obtaining a
generator may be necessary. Please discuss with your Primary care provider or
Pulmonologist if you have questions about this.