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Nebulizer Care

Cleaning your nebulizer

  • Wash your hands with antibacterial soap before cleaning your nebulizer.
  • Remove any dried and caked secretions from your nebulizer.
  • After each use, rinse your nebulizer with sterile water. Tap water should not be used because of the presence of the pathogen pseudomonas.
  • Place the pieces of your nebulizer on a paper towel to air dry. Place another paper towel on top of the pieces.

Disinfecting your nebulizer

Your nebulizer should be disinfected every other day.

  • Wash your hands with antibacterial soap before cleaning your nebulizer.
  • Boil your nebulizer in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  • Let cool.
  • Place the pieces of your nebulizer on a paper towel to air dry. Place another paper towel on top of the pieces.

Changing your nebulizer

  • The PARI nebulizer (used for TOBI and/or Pulmozyme) needs to be changed every 6 months.
  • The SIDESTREAM (used for Pulmozyme) needs to be changed every year.
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