When it comes to ventilators, whether it’s a regular ventilator or a non-invasive one such as a CPAP machine, proper cleaning is vital. If you don’t put effort into your cleaning routine, issues such as infections can arise. We’re going to go over some simple tips to ensure that you’re cleaning your ventilator correctly and thoroughly.  

Use the Right Detergent 

Using soap or strong dishwashing detergents like Dawn to clean your equipment can lead to irritation. Make sure you use a mild, non-lotion detergent that doesn’t use strong perfumes or dyes. Baby shampoo is a great choice as it’s gentle and non-irritating. Another option is using Ivory liquid soap. 

Avoid Direct Sunlight When Drying 

Out of instinct, you may decide to hang your CPAP tubing in sunlight to help it dry faster. Unfortunately, doing this can cause the tubing to become yellow and brittle, which will lead to cracks over time. Hang your tubing over a door or something shaded and tall so the water can drip out. 

Know Your Cleaning Schedule 

Certain equipment such as headgear can be rinsed and cleaned as needed, but it’s important to clean other pieces daily or weekly. Your mask and humidifier are two things that should be cleaned every day. Your hose and non-disposable filters should be cleaned each week. If this is a difficult task for you to remember, try creating a set schedule where a certain day or time of the day is dedicated to cleaning your ventilator. For example, you can decide that you’ll clean your mask each morning when you wake up and clean your hose every Sunday afternoon. 

Allow Time for Thorough Drying 

Before you reassemble your ventilator equipment, make sure you allow all parts to dry completely. Any leftover moisture can lead to bacteria buildup over time.  

Change Your Filter 

The general rule of thumb is to check your filters for dust and debris every week and wash if needed. On a PAP device, the reusable filter is replaced every 6 months, while the ultra-fine filter can be replaced monthly. On a ventilator, the filters should be replaced every 6 months and as needed for tears, discoloration or breakdown. 

Don’t Forget About Surfaces 

It’s obvious that the tubing and mask of a ventilator need to be cleaned often, but don’t skip out on the actual machine and controls. Make sure you wipe down the machine’s surfaces and buttons as they’re frequently being touched.  

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