Caring for Your Nasal Cannulas: How to Clean and When to Replace

by Lori Peters, RRT, AMSR Respiratory Therapist

People on oxygen therapy are typically more susceptible to respiratory viruses and bacteria.  With the winter months fast-approaching, ensuring that your nasal cannula is germ-free is even more important AND good common sense!

Simply wipe down the part (prongs) that inserts into your nose, as well as the seven-foot length of tube that connects to it, with an alcohol swab once a day. If you’re on oxygen 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it might be easier for you to have two cannulas at all times—one to use while the other is being wiped down and allowed to dry.

 Alternate the cannulas for two weeks only, then discard them and use new ones.

To order cannulas, contact our Customer Care Agents at 1-877-338-7864.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

2 thoughts on “Caring for Your Nasal Cannulas: How to Clean and When to Replace”

  • Miguel Terc

    Hello,
    I’m using Salter Labs 1600-7-Oxygen Cannula for sleeping. The instructions are vague, don’t say for how long to use it or how to clean it. Would appreciate your help!

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman October 16, 2018 at 6:34 am

      Simply wipe down the part (prongs) that inserts into your nose, as well as the seven-foot length of tube that connects to it, with an alcohol swab once a day. If you’re on oxygen 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it might be easier for you to have two cannulas at all times—one to use while the other is being wiped down and allowed to dry.

      Alternate the cannulas for two weeks only, then discard them and use new ones.

      Reply

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