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Cushion for use on nasal mask interface, replacement only, each

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Common Name: Nasal Mask Cushion Replacement
Technical Term: Cushion for use on nasal mask interface, replacement only, each (HCPCS Code: A7032)


The replacement of a nasal mask cushion is a simple procedure where the cushion or seal of a respiratory nasal mask is replaced. This cushion is a crucial component used by patients requiring CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy.


The nasal mask cushion helps ensure a proper seal and fit for the CPAP mask, which is essential in providing effective treatment for conditions like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The expected outcome is the continued efficacy of CPAP therapy, enhancing patient comfort and adherence.


  • Routine wear and tear of the nasal mask cushion
  • Reduced effectiveness or air leaks due to a worn-out cushion
  • Discomfort or skin irritation from the existing cushion
  • Recommendations from a healthcare provider for replacement


  • Patients should follow any cleaning instructions for their CPAP equipment provided by their healthcare provider.
  • No special fasting or medication adjustments are required.
  • Ensure the nasal mask and surrounding areas are clean and dry before replacement.

Procedure Description

  1. Remove the old nasal mask cushion: Disconnect it carefully from the mask frame.
  2. Inspect the mask frame for any damages. Clean if necessary.
  3. Align the new cushion with the mask frame.
  4. Attach the new cushion: Press it firmly into place ensuring a secure fit.
  5. Check for leaks: Once the mask and cushion are reassembled, ensure there’s a proper seal by wearing the mask and starting the CPAP machine.

Tools and Equipment: Replacement cushion, nasal mask, CPAP machine. No anesthesia or sedation is needed.


The procedure typically takes 5-10 minutes.


This procedure can be performed at home or in any outpatient clinic if assistance is needed.


Though usually performed by the patient, respiratory therapists or specially trained nurses can assist if necessary.

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Allergic reaction to material, improper fit leading to air leaks.
  • Rare Risks: Skin irritation if the cushion is not replaced correctly. These can be managed by consulting a healthcare provider for proper fitting or alternative materials.


  • Effective Seal: Reduces air leaks, ensuring optimal CPAP therapy.
  • Increased Comfort: Prevents discomfort and enhances compliance with therapy.
  • The benefits are usually realized immediately after replacement.


  • Post-procedure: Ensure the new cushion is comfortable and provides a good seal.
  • Recovery Time: None; patients can resume CPAP therapy immediately.
  • Follow-up: Regular checks for wear and prompt replacement every 1-3 months.


  • Using a full face mask or a different type of nasal interface.
  • Pros: May offer better solutions depending on individual needs.
  • Cons: Adjustments may require getting used to different fitting and sealing.

Patient Experience

During the procedure, patients might feel very little since it involves a simple replacement. Pain Management: Not typically needed. For comfort, ensure the mask does not feel too tight and silicone-based cushions may offer extra comfort.

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