I am an R.N. who does one on one care for a 6yr old child who has a trach. the humififier he uses is Aqua-T. In order to cut down on costs, my cllinical coordinator told the family they could wash these in vinegar/water, and suction out the humidifier and continue using. that doesn't seem safe to me as there is a sponge inside the humidifier. Does that get really clean and is there a chance of disloddging sponge particles during suctioning. He has a lot of secretions and usually uses all which public pays for before re-order time. Then he goes without them (no cover on the trach tube) and misses school. The company for I work has not provided a policy and procedure for this. the family will not pay for additional supplies eventhough the child is getting ssdisability. Help me with a direction!
I personally think any time you start re-using products that were meant to be disposable, you open yourself up for malpractice if anything were to happen. Here is the contact info for the company who makes them. Perhaps you can contact them.
PO Box 12600
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Toll Free: 866-246-6990
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