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Nebulizers are commonly used for treatment of cystic fibrosis, asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases. The common technical principle for all nebulizers is to either use oxygen, compressed air or ultrasonic power, as means to break up medical solutions/suspensions into small aerosol droplets, for direct inhalation from the mouthpiece of the device. When using a nebulizer for inhalation therapy with medicine to be administered directly to the lungs, it is important to note that inhaled aerosol droplets can only penetrate into the narrow branches of the lower airways, if they have a small diameter of 1-5 micrometers. Otherwise they are only absorbed by the mouth cavity, where the effect is low. They also accept their medicine in the form of a liquid solution, which is often loaded into the device’s difuser chamber upon use.

Cleaning procedures for medical nebulizer equipment

After each use, disassemble the nebulizer as directed and rinse arts thoroughly in hot running water.

The mouthpiece should be washed in a detergent solution once a day.

The following disinfecting procedure should be followed twice a week:

Disassemble the nebulizer and immerse all parts in a warm detergent solution (Ivory, Joy, etc,) and scrub with a soft bottle-brush. If the tube, which connects the compressor to the nebulizer, is clear and dry, it does not have to be washed. If it has moisture inside or is dirty, wash it along with the other parts. Do not immerse compressor in water!

Rinse all articles in hot water and shake off excess.

Completely immerse all articles in a white vinegar solution and allow soaking for 30 minutes. Vinegar solution is 1 part vinegar to 2-3 parts water.

Rinse well in hot water and shake off excess and drain small parts on a clean towel.

When everything is completely dry, it may be reassembled for the next use.

It is also a good idea to dip a cloth in the vinegar solution and wipe down the outside of the compressor machine.

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