If you use a nebuliser, it’s important to know how to clean it properly every day, and how to maintain it. That way you’ll make sure it functions properly, as well as looking after your own health.
There are a wide range of nebulisers available, so talk with your CF team to discuss the right one for you. Check the manual for any cleaning instructions specific to that brand.
There are just three main things to remember:
- clean your nebuliser after every use
- sterilise it every week
- and check the bowls and parts every six months.
Studies have shown that nebulisers that are not cleaned can grow bacteria which can lead to infections. Cleaning also ensures optimal function.
Every Day – Clean your nebuliser after each use
- Fill a bowl with hot water and add a squeeze of detergent.
- Take your nebuliser apart and wash all the parts in the hot water for 5 minutes.
- Then rinse them in clean hot water.
- Shake off any excess water …
- And leave them to dry, on a clean surface such as a paper towel.
- Then connect the tubing to your pump and run the air through it until any condensation is removed.
- When the parts are dry, store them in a clean container for travelling or for the next use.
- Your PEP device can be cleaned in the same way.
Once a week you should sterilise your nebuliser.
- One way to do this is to boil the parts for at least 5 minutes, with plenty of water in the saucepan so the nebuliser doesn’t touch the sides. Use a timer for accuracy.
- Or you can soak the nebuliser bowls in a specific nebuliser solution
- Always check the manual in case they give you different instructions.
Every Six Months
Remember that the nebuliser bowls need to be replaced every six months.
Check your pump filters regularly and replace when they’re discoloured.
It’s important to liaise with the CF team to ensure parts and components are replaced at the right time, and to keep up to date with any new products on the market. And if anything should anything change, such as new medications, travelling for holidays or transitioning to a new service, it’s always best to discuss with your team to ensure you have the appropriate equipment. Proper hygiene is absolutely essential – so take that 5 minutes to clean your nebuliser.