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

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3 Feb 2011

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.

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


Jim Goodmar

November 27th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

You recommend changing nasal cannulas every 2 weeks. Is there any scientific evidence to support that practice?

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