Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), which can be life-threatening for people with a learning disability. The risks of non-compliance with CPAP treatment are often not understood by people with a learning disability and their carers.
These CPAP resources have been created for:
- people with a learning disability
- carers of people with a learning disability and autistic people
- healthcare professionals.
These resources will help improve understanding of the risks of not using CPAP treatment as prescribed, in all settings, and the importance of seeking a review with the hospital sleep service if there are any problems.
They are designed to be downloaded and used in home or care settings, hospitals, clinics or mental health inpatient settings, facilitating conversations about OSA and the importance of using CPAP machines as prescribed. The aim is for them to support better compliance with CPAP treatment and improve outcomes for people with a learning disability and autistic people with OSA.