Warm weather is on the way! How clean is your nebulizer?

Posted on: February 6th, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger
Take some time to get your equipment ready for spring!

Take some time to get your equipment ready for spring!

For many of us, the thought of warmer weather also brings to mind the possibility of seasonal allergies. Did you know that for millions of Americans, seasonal allergies can trigger asthma symptoms and increase their need to use a nebulizer, a machine that puts asthma medication in the form of a mist that can be inhaled? If you use this kind of equipment, it’s important to clean it regularly, as an unclean nebulizer has the potential to cause an infection. Take some time now to make sure your machine is clean and in good working order, and you’ll be off to a great start when spring comes! Today, Jayhawk Pharmacy brings you tips to help get the job done.

Check tubes and connections: Check your supply tubing and masks; replace them if cracked or damaged. If masks are disposable and have been used 5-7 times, replace them regardless of appearance. Change the nebulizer filter as recommended in your owner’s manual, or if it appears gray or dirty. Be sure to purchase filters that are made specifically for your equipment.

Wipe down the compressed air machine: To do this, use a damp, soapy cloth or sponge, and carefully wipe down the surface of the machine. You can also use alcohol or a disinfectant wipe. Never submerge the machine in water.

Clean and sterilize your equipment: Your nebulizer should be cleaned after each session and sterilized at regular intervals, depending on your frequency of use. The supply tubing should never be submerged – simply wipe down the outside, as you would the compressed air machine. To clean the rest of your equipment, take the pieces apart and wash them with mild dish soap and warm water. If heat sterilizing is allowed by the manufacturer, follow the instructions provided in your user guide. If you must do a cold sterilization, you can soak the washable pieces in either a 70% isopropyl alcohol for 5 minutes, or in a 5.25%-6.15% hydrogen peroxide solution for 30 minutes.

We hope these tips are helpful to you! If you’re looking to upgrade or replace your nebulizer, check out our online catalog, where we even have a great model that’s designed just for kids. And, as always, if the experts at Jayhawk Pharmacy can be of any assistance to you, give our experts a call at 785-228-9700.

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