How can I handle water in the BiPap mask and tubing?

My BiPap tubing and mask get water in them to the point that I can hear the water gurgling in the tubing and there is enough water in the mask to get about a half teaspoon full on my face in the morning. I’m using the Trinity model. Any Ideas would help. (I have to ‘dry’ the tubing using my old C pap machine or I will get the same thing by the time I wake up for my ‘midnight stroll’!)


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  • WillDoe author
    5 months ago

    Hi Leon!
    I made mention a few months ago about water in my BiPap mask and tubing. You mentioned a water trap. I asked about this and my RT responded that there isn’t one for this (Trilogy) device.
    She instead opted for lowering the heating element and getting a ‘low point’ in the tubing for the water to collect. It is better, but I am still getting some water in the face. (Not as bad as it was though!)

    Thanks!
    Will

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi WillDoe and thanks for catching us up with your update. The typical corrugated-type tubing that is used with the Trilogy ventilator can ‘usually’ be cut so that a water trap can be inserted at the ‘low point’ the therapist described. If you think this will help even more, you may want to speak with the clinical supervisor to see if this type of tubing (that can be cut) can be ordered for your situation. Good luck, and thanks for bringing this to our attention. Warmly, Leon (site moderator)

  • WillDoe author
    7 months ago

    Thanks Leon, I’ll look into that!
    Will!

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    It’s my pleasure, WillDoe – always happy to help!
    Good luck!
    Leon

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    Hi WillDoe and thanks for the excellent question. Although I understand the issue, there are still several ways to handle this.
    It sounds like you have a humidifier in line on your system. You’ll need to make certain it is putting out enough humidity for you, but not too much. If that turns out to be okay, it’s possible to drape the tubing so there is a low point. At the low point you would put a water trap so the excess moisture can drain into the trap while you are using the BiPAP device. This is all something your medical equipment supplier should be able to assist you with. As well, perhaps other moderators and/or community members will chime in with their own suggestions.
    Good luck and please keep us posted.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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