· Critical things you truly must know …. Pilairo fisher paykel cpap mask pillow-review that your nose and wallet will thank you.
· Great for nose breather only.
· Inappropriate if you are a mouth breather.
· Fisher & Paykel has labeled it a CPAP Nasal Pillows Mask. …….In our opinion it really is a fisher paykel nasal pillows.
· Not good if you suffer from allergies. If you do, you should use a CPAP Full Face Mask.
· Only get 1 cushion (pillow). (Unlike other CPAP nasal pillows brands like the ResMed Swift FX or the Opus 360 or the Respironics Go Life)
· Per the manufacturer – It is one size fits most pillow. (what ?????!!!!!)
· One size pillow …. Not appropriate for people with tiny nostrils and large nostrils. If you are not sure what size nostrils you are just ask someone. J
· This Fisher & Paykel CPAP pillow self inflates … the higher the CPAP pressure the better it inflates and covers up your nostrils. Thus creating a better seal.
· But …higher pressures……means un-comfortableness in nasal passages. I have only met one person who felt comfortable using the Pilairo at a CPAP setting of 12 cmh20 . (The Pilairo is designed to go as high as 25cmh20. However as a general observation ....... the average person finds it uncomfortable to use any type of CPAP Nasal Pillows when their CPAP settings are 10cm20 and higher.)
· Most people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are on fixed CPAP pressures. So if you have a larger nostril and your cpap settings are 8 cmh20 …..the Pilairo Fisher Paykel Nasal Mask Pillow might not inflate sufficiently to create a good seal.
· That’s why we truly wished it came with a variety of Pilairo cushion pillow sizes.
· Per Manufacturer – a) Limited Contact
b) Limited Pressure points
c) Hovers around the nose.
· “The Stabilizer will not touch the upper lip” – per the manufacturer. (please watch my video where I explain my patients and my experience)
· “When inflates, the pillow actually lifts away from the upper lip” – per manufacturer.
· Back Sleepers – Fantastic,
· Side Sleepers – depending on how much you move around in bed. If you move a lot…. It breaks the seal and it can take awhile to establish a seal again.
· If you have a mustache – it appears about 50% of the men with beards or mustaches like the Pilairo. The Opus 360 is so much better. (See the Opus 360 video review for the reason why)
· The pillows tend to tear quickly. Just last month I met 2 people who have had that issue. So please be delicate with it. I personally cannot remember having met anyone complain about this issue regarding the Fisher & Paykel Opus360 and the ResMed Swift FX
· Replacement Pilairo mask cushion are around $25 (as of 2/2013). Not super expensive but it does cost money.
· Lightweight = 1.83 oz. or 52 grams.
· Elbow rotates 360 degrees
· “The headgear will never stretch and it will always go back to the original shape.” …. per the manufacturer.
· Unable to adjust the strap. Trust me it will get looser as the month goes.
· I recently had 2 long term CPAP users who have told me that that they never wash the headgear ……. Maintains the elasticity and shape of their CPAP head strap longer.
· Louder than the ResMed Swift FX nasal pillows.
· Much more comfortable than the Respironics Go Life nasal pillows.
· Almost feels like nothing when using it. Well the ResMed Swift FX does a better job at it. But this does give you that feeling.
· For some people it tends to sit higher up on the cheekbone closer to the eye. But this is a function of how uniquely your face structure is.
· One size headgear is not appropriate for Petite and really large heads.
· Because you can’t tighten the headgear…it shifts in bed if you are someone who moves around a lot at night. I believe Fisher & Paykel is planning to change it and make it an adjustable strap. When? Who knows?
· I have had other clinicians who have had their sleep apnea patients complain to them about the Pilairo bruising their nostrils.
· The headband stretches out and becomes too loose.
· For smaller size faces it touches the upper lip. But for larger face s people they will say they feel like nothing is there.
· Seals wells if you are a back sleeper.
· Slightly nosier than the Resmed Swift FX CPAP nasal pillows and the Opus 360.
· Really active sleepers – you can dislodge the pillow from the seal. Especially side sleepers who move in bed a lot.
· The Mirage Swift FX comes with a cushion or Wrap to prevent marks on your facial cheek and now it also has the BELLA LOOPS. The Pilairo does not have any.
· It truly inflates more at higher pressures. So if someone is at 6 cmh20 the nasal pillows feels different as oppose if someone is at 10 cmh20.
· My personal experience using it for 5 nights - it hurt my septum , leaks when I shifted a lot in bed, very comfortable, you do feel it on the upper lip area, it is louder slightly, when it leaks while I was using, it took awhile to readjust it. The way to adjust it is by pulling the Pilaro off your face first and then reposition it.
· I was surprised that how fairly easily the pillows get squished and I woke up feeling out of breath. Now this also happens to the ResMed Swift FX nasal pillows. It just catches you off guard.
· The ball elbow does not rotate so flexibly as their Opus 360 or the ResMed Swift FX. (Perhaps just my unit was like that).
· You cannot clip the tubing over the head like the Opus 360 nasal pillows.
· There isn’t even a strap that goes on the top of your head. Many people really like that.
· Cleaning – do not soak the CPAP headgear or strap in water or soapy water for more than 10 minutes
· You either love it or sort of like it . Nevertheless almost everyone wishes there are some critical changes needed to make it really awesome.