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How to Maintain Nasal Cannula?

Nasal cannulae are medical devices used when people are not getting enough oxygen to keep their bodies functioning optimally, whether due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, other respiratory conditions, or environmental changes. Nasal cannula tubes are lightweight, easy to use and affordable. They can be used in a variety of hospital settings, at home or on the go.

A nasal cannula is a small, flexible tube that contains two open, pointed tips designed to fit just inside your nostrils. The tubing connects to an oxygen source and provides a steady flow of medical-grade oxygen to your nose. Nasal intubation uses relatively low concentrations of oxygen, although high-flow intubations do exist; these allow outputs similar to continuous positive airway pressure systems. Your healthcare provider will calibrate your oxygen supply to a level suitable for your needs. Nasal intubation is less invasive than other oxygen delivery systems, most of which involve face masks. In contrast, nasal cannula tubes generally do not prohibit frequent eating and talking, and are very portable. Most manufacturers recommend that patients replace the nasal cannula once a week for daily use, or a maximum of once a month for sporadic use.

1. Cleaning the nasal cannula tube

You can extend the life of your nasal cannula with proper care and regular cleaning. The biggest danger of not doing this is bacterial build-up, which can lead to infection. Clean the sleeve with an alcohol wipe after each use. If you're on continuous oxygen, take a break and sanitize the cannula at least once or twice a day (or more if you're feeling congested). Getting sick can be very dangerous for people with respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, so you need to be vigilant about it. For a more in-depth cleaning, soak the pipes in warm water with a small amount of dish soap and white vinegar, which is a good fungicide and won't corrode the pipe material. After washing the cannula thoroughly, rinse thoroughly with cold water to ensure that all soap and bacteria have been removed. Hang up the cannula to dry before using it again.

2. Replace the nasal cannula tube

Also here, change your nasal cannula every time you get sick or feel like you might need something to avoid germs. Make sure you have extra supplies on hand so you can change the cannula if necessary. Make sure you take inventory of your supplies and order replacements before you run out. As always, follow your healthcare provider's instructions on how often you should change your nasal cannula tube and properly care and maintain your equipment.

Nasal cannulation is a relatively non-invasive method of delivering oxygen that can greatly improve your quality of life. Having enough air to breathe can make a world of difference in your daily activities, give you more energy, and help reduce fatigue.

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