This is general guidance on cleaning and maintenance of a nebulizer compressor. Applicable to both portable and tabletop nebulizers. Please refer to your specific nebulizer instructions first. Consult with your physician about nebulizer usage and treatments.
Why it is Important to Clean Your Device
Whether you have a portable or tabletop nebulizer, it is vital to clean your device after each use. If it is not cleaned after each use then micro-organisms can remain in the unit which can result in the potential risk of infection. Build up of medication or any other contaminants can also cause the device to stop working.
How to Clean
Please refer to your device's instructions for specific cleaning instructions. These are general guidelines on how to clean your device. Recommended parts to clean, if applicable, include the mouthpiece, mask, top piece, and medicine cup.
- Use a mild (neutral) detergent.
- Wash the parts, rinse, and shake off excess water.
- Let them air-dry in a cool, dry place until next use.
How to Disinfect
Please refer to your device's instructions for specific disinfection instructions. These are general guidelines on how to disinfect your device. Recommended parts to clean, if applicable, include the mouthpiece, mask, top piece, and medicine cup. It is recommended to disinfect these parts before first time use, after the unit has been used for a long period of time, or daily during normal use.
- Use a commercially available disinfectant. Follow disinfectant manufacturer instructions. Note: Do not clean with benzene or thinner.
- Soak the parts in the disinfectant. Check your instructions first before soaking.
- You can also boil the parts for 15 to 20 minutes. Check your instructions to see if the parts can be boiled to prevent damage.
- Carefully remove parts, shake off excess water, and allow them to air dry.
The nebulizer compressor and its parts will eventually have to be replaced, but keep these maintenance tips in mind.
- Keep it Clean. Remember to keep your device clean by following the general guidance above. It will help prolong the product lifespan. Always refer to your device's instructions first.
- Wear and Tear. With time, you may see physical wear and tear on the nebulizer compressor along with its parts. Replace any old parts. If the nebulizer compressor itself is damaged then it may be time for a new one.
- Replace Filters. If applicable, the filters are generally recommended to be replaced every three to six months. Replacing the filters prevents large particles from entering the compressor motor which reduces device workload to prolong the device lifespan. Refer to the instructions for device manufacturer's guidance and replacement filters.
- Replace Tubing. If applicable, the tubing is generally recommended to be replaced every three to six months. Refer to the instructions for device manufacturer's guidance and replacement tubing.
- Replace Medication Cups. If applicable, the medication cups are generally recommended to be replaced every six months. Refer to the instructions for device manufacturer's guidance.
- Older than 3 Years. Generally, if your device is older than 3 years or past its warranty then it may be time to replace your nebulizer compressor. Refer to the instructions for device manufacturer's replacement guidance.
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