Cleaning of Your Trach Tube
Always clean and disinfect tracheostomy tubes and their accessories outside of the tracheal
stoma. For that purpose, the patient should have at least one replacement tracheal tube available at all time.
1. Wash and disinfect your hands.
2. Remove the tracheostomy tube and its accessories and disassemble its individual parts.
3. Prepare the cleaning solution in the prescribed cleaning jar with the mesh basket according to the manufacturer's instructions.
4. Superficially pre-clean tracheostomy tube and its accessories under running water with a special cleaning brush. Use an angled brush for rigid tubes and straight brushes for flexible tubes.
5. Soak the tracheostomy tube and its accessories in the prepared solution to dissolve incrustations and dried on secretions (mucous plugs). Dwell time according to the manufacturer's instructions.
6. Take the tracheostomy tube or their accessories out of the solution.
7. Clean the inner lumen using a cleaning brush of an appropriate size and intended for this purpose and / or cleaning swabs. Avoid applying brushes to the area around the cuff so
as not to damage it, if present. Always insert brushes or the cleaning swabs from below.
8. Then, rinse thoroughly with water to remove any residues of the solution that might adhere to the material.
9. Carefully dry all parts.
10. Store all parts that belong together in a clean, dry sealable container. Never use household detergents, dental cleaning agents, alcoholic or lipid-containing solutions because they can damage the material. Their aggressive ingredients can destroy the tube or the cuff, leading to life-threatening injuries or health damage. It is erroneous to believe they can save you money.
Cleaning and disinfection
1. Perform simple cleaning of the product, see above
2. Soak the tracheostomy tube and its accessories in the disinfection solution according
to the manufacturer's instructions. Use a jar with mesh basket.
3. Then, rinse thoroughly with water to remove any residues of the solution that might adhere to the material.
4. Carefully dry all parts.
5. Store all parts that belong together in a clean, dry, sealable, but not airtight container. Brand-name manufacturers supply containers of this type. Not all disinfecting agents are suitable for all tracheostomy tubes and their accessories. It is not permissible to use other cleaning / disinfecting agents than those recommended by the tracheostomy tube manufacturer. Since disinfection solutions can penetrate into the material and later trigger mucosal irritation, it is very important to rinse the products thoroughly with water after cleaning.
Under no circumstances may tracheostomy tubes be heated, microwaved, placed in boiling water or steam sterilized, unless the manufacturer expressly designed them for this purpose.
In general, tracheostomy tubes and their accessories must be cleaned as needed. The frequency of cleaning is chiefly dependent upon the extent of use, secretion production and the patient's underlying disease.
These instructions are for educational purposes. Always follow the advice provided by your physician or licensed respiratory therapist.