When to clean and replace trach-vent suppliesWWhen to clean and replace trach-vent suppliesWhen to clean and replace trach-vent suppliesEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z

 

 

When to clean and replace trach-vent supplies2975.00000000000When to clean and replace trach-vent suppliesWhen to clean and replace trach-vent suppliesWEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<h2> How often should I clean and/or replace my child's supplies?</h2><p>On this page you will find guidelines for cleaning and replacing your child's:</p><ul><li> <a href="#trach">tracheostomy equipment and supplies</a></li><li> <a href="#suction">suction equipment and supplies</a></li><li> <a href="#manual">manual resuscitation and equipment and supplies</a></li><li> <a href="#tubing">tubing</a></li><li> <a href="#nebulizers">nebulizers</a></li><li> <a href="#oxygen">oxygen interfaces</a></li><li> <a href="#machines">machines and filters</a></li><li> <a href="#other">other supplies</a>.<br></li></ul><table class="akh-table"><thead><tr><th colspan="4" id="trach">Tracheostomy equipment and supplies</th></tr><tr><th>Equipment or supplies​</th><th>Daily</th><th>Weekly</th><th>Monthly</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Tracheostomy tube​</td><td></td><td></td><td><p>Replace<br>(Check the brand of tube because some can be washed and reused five times.)</p> Always check tracheostomy tube expiry dates (especially back-up sizes).</td></tr><tr><td>Tracheostomy obturator</td><td></td><td></td><td>Replace when you replace the tracheostomy tube (see above).</td></tr><tr><td>Tracheostomy ties</td><td> Wash</td><td></td><td>Replace if Velcro is worn.</td></tr></tbody></table><p></p><table class="akh-table"><thead><tr><th colspan="4" id="suction">Suction equipment and supplies</th></tr><tr><th>Equipment or supplies</th><th>Daily</th><th>Weekly</th><th>Monthly</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Suction machine ​</td><td>Wipe outside surface.</td><td></td><td>Check batteries. They will need to replaced after about one year.</td></tr><tr><td>Suction canisters</td><td>​Empty into the toilet. Wash with warm, soapy water and rinse well. Leave a little water in the bottom fo the canister to stop mucus from sticking to it.</td><td>​Clean at least once a week. </td><td>Check the filter monthly.<br><br>Change the filter when it looks dirty or at least once every two months. </td></tr><tr><td>Suction catheters</td><td>Single use - replace daily.</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>Suction tips​</td><td> ​Rinse after each use.</td><td> ​Replace.</td><td></td></tr><tr><td>Suction tubing</td><td></td><td>Disposable - replace.</td><td></td></tr><tr><td> Suction machine filters​</td><td></td><td></td><td>​Check the filter monthly. Change the filter when it looks dirty or at least once every two months. Filters are disposable.</td></tr><tr><td> Water for suctioning​</td><td>Empty into a separate suctioning cup/container. Never rinse with dirty water! <br>(This will recontaminate your child's tracheostomy.) </td><td></td><td> ​</td></tr><tr><td> Cup or container for rinsing suction​ catheters​</td><td>​If disposable, replace daily. If reusable, clean daily. </td><td></td><td> ​</td></tr></tbody></table><p></p><table class="akh-table"><thead><tr><th colspan="4" id="manual">Manual resuscitation equipment and supplies</th></tr><tr><th>Equipment or supplies</th><th>Daily</th><th>Weekly</th><th>Monthly</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>​Manual resuscitation bag (disposable)</td><td></td><td></td><td>Replace each month, or more often if child is sick.</td></tr><tr><td>Manual resuscitation bag (reusable)​</td><td>​</td><td>Take apart according to instructions and wash all parts. Reassemble when dry.</td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><p></p><table class="akh-table"><thead><tr><th colspan="4" id="tubing">Tubing</th></tr><tr><th>Equipment or supplies</th><th>Daily</th><th>Weekly</th><th>Monthly</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>​Aerosol tubing</td><td></td><td>Clean weekly with soap and water.</td><td>Replace disposable tubing each month, or more often if your child is sick. Cover the open ends when tubing is not in use.</td></tr><tr><td>Reusable tubing</td><td>​</td><td>​Clean according to the instructions from your child's healthcare team.</td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><p></p><table class="akh-table"><thead><tr><th colspan="4" id="nebulizers">Nebulizers</th></tr><tr><th>Equipment or supplies</th><th>Daily</th><th>Weekly</th><th>Monthly</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>​Nebulizer cap, insert and cup</td><td></td><td>Soak the parts in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts hot water for one hour. Rinse all parts with warm water and dry with a clean cloth.</td><td></td></tr><tr><td>​Reusable nebulizer</td><td>​​​Rinse after each use.</td><td>​Take apart and wash thoroughly according to the manufacturer's instructions.</td><td></td></tr><tr><td>​Disposable nebulizer</td><td>​Empty daily.</td><td>Wash with warm, soapy water. </td><td>Replace.</td></tr></tbody></table><p></p><table class="akh-table"><thead><tr><th colspan="4" id="oxygen">Oxygen interfaces</th></tr><tr><th>Equipment or supplies</th><th>Daily</th><th>Weekly</th><th>Monthly</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Tracheostomy masks, plastic connectors</td><td></td><td>Wash with warm, soapy water.</td><td>Replace each month, or more often if your child is sick.</td></tr></tbody></table><p></p><table class="akh-table"><thead><tr><th colspan="4" id="machines">Machines and filters</th></tr><tr><th>Equipment or supplies</th><th>Daily</th><th>Weekly</th><th>Monthly</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>​Compressor unit</td><td>Wipe with a clean, damp cloth after every use.</td><td>​</td><td>Check the filter monthly or every 10 to 12 treatments. Replace if dirty, clogged or wet.</td></tr><tr><td>Heat and moisture exchanger (HME)</td><td>Disposable - replace daily.​</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>​Outlet filter for CoughAssist machine</td><td></td><td>Replace every two weeks.</td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><p></p><table class="akh-table"><thead><tr><th colspan="4" id="other">​Other supplies</th></tr><tr><th>Equipment or supplies</th><th>Daily</th><th>Weekly</th><th>Monthly</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td style="width:23.5%;">​Gauze</td><td style="width:23.5%;">Replace daily (may require multiple changes a day).</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>Oximeter probes​</td><td>Clean sensor and wipe the outside of the unit. Replace tape when needed.​​​</td><td>​</td><td></td></tr><tr><td>​Speaking valve</td><td>​Wash once a day when in use, or more often if your child is sick or has increased secretions.<br><strong>​Make sure that the valve does not stick due to secretions.<br></strong>Replace when the valve no longer works.</td><td> <br> </td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><p></p> <a class="btn btn-primary" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/trachvent">Return to trach-vent learning hub</a> <br>When to clean and replace trach-vent suppliesTruehttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2974&language=English

Thank you to our sponsors

AboutKidsHealth is proud to partner with the following sponsors as they support our mission to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Canada and around the world by making accessible health care information available via the internet.