To keep your equipment functional and to prevent infection, the following must be done:
- Wipe the outside of your tubing with a damp cloth weekly. Change your long connecting tubing every 6 weeks or if tubing becomes kinked or cracked.
- Clean nasal cannulas 1 to 2 times a week with warm soapy water. Replace all nasal cannulas monthly.
- Tubing connectors- wipe down weekly and replace every 6 weeks.
- The outside of the oxygen concentrator should be dusted and kept clean- you can use a damp cloth but please ensure that it is not too wet and do not allow water to leak into the unit.
- The sponge filter(s) on the concentrator should be washed weekly. Towel dry the filter and replace onto the concentrator. Do not put the filter into the dryer. If your home is dusty, this may need to be done more often.
- Your equipment is serviced every 6 months by a technician; this includes checking all filters, batteries, etc.
By following these guidelines your equipment will remain clean and bacteria free.
NOTE: Do not use petroleum products in your nose. For nasal irritation Secaris may be used.
*Clients are responsible for the cost of all personal supplies, such as nasal cannulas, oxygen masks, oxygen tubing, connectors and humidifier bottles.
When your supplies are running low, please call Lakeland Respiratory at 780-632-7611 or 1-800-668-5359 to arrange for supplies to be delivered or mailed. Supplies can also be picked up at our office in Vegreville, Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Supplies must be paid for upon delivery or when they are picked up.
If you are using a humidifier on your concentrator:
- Change the water in your humidifier bottle every day; use distilled water only.
- Disinfect the oxygen humidifier bottle weekly. Separate the cap from the bottle and wash in dish soap, rinse with water and then soak in vinegar and water (1 part vinegar to 4 parts water) for 30 minutes. Rinse well with water, refill with distilled water and replace onto the concentrator.
- Replace humidifier bottle monthly or when permanently soiled or damaged.