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jodySC
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Posted - Jun 06 2018 :  2:16:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
All,

How often are you cleaning and/or sanitizing the nebulizer and tubing? Is this something done after X number of treatments, etc?

Thanks!

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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Jun 06 2018 :  2:33:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I rinse it every time. Tubing I replace when needed. I have sterilized it a few times, but not recently. When I was at the VA hospital, they did not rinse the nebs out between uses. University hospital uses sterile water (I use tap) every time. When I told the doctors about the VA practice, that ended it. Since the University pulmonary department staff both, they made sure their practice was in both hospitals.

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jodySC
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Posted - Jun 06 2018 :  3:55:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Dave. I have read a lot about lack of cleaning and it leading to severe bacterial infections.

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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jun 07 2018 :  12:16:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jody if you are trying to sell or promote a product, you are out of here.

And I can tell you that I never hear that from my medical team. They only want the neb rinsed and dried between uses.

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jodySC
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Posted - Jun 07 2018 :  2:32:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not trying to sell or promote anything actually. Just trying to learn about issues that may be a challenge for caregivers or patients. Thanks for the info, Dave.

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PennyPA
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Posted - Jun 08 2018 :  1:48:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think there's more of a chance of getting a bacterial infection from a humidifier if it's not cleaned regularly and properly.

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Diane545
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Posted - Jul 17 2018 :  9:54:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been in three different hospitals for 5-6 days and they never clean the nebulizer. I usually rinse mine out about once week. I maybe should be doing it more.
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tsainta
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Posted - Jul 18 2018 :  12:49:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've had the same experience as Diane.

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Sokcap48
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Posted - Jul 19 2018 :  4:43:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After I TXd they had me neb for a while. They told to swish in anti bacterial soap ( like Dial ) and water, rinse and let dry on a paper towel.

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