Every device you use for your airway clearance- like nebulizers, masks, holding chambers- have to been sterilized after every usage.
There are several methods to do so:
10 min. boiling, microwave steam bags and most popular and recommendable the baby bottle sterilizer. While you have to pay special attention to how to pull the parts out of the boiling water without burning yourself or contaminating them, while you have to be careful with metal parts in the mw, every common bottle sterilizer, who takes not less than 10 min. for the sterilizing process, will serve you perfectly!
In contrast to the prevalent opinion, that the bottle sterilizer has to have also an expensive dry function to dry the nebulizer parts, a recent study has proven that nebulizers sterilized in a bottle sterilizer stay sterile even left wet for days in the sterilizing device.
The findings of the study ease the CF-daily routine, making it possible to sterilize the airways cleaning device long or directly before use, to save the drying process and helps save precious time and money, which are both rare goods in a CF family’s life!
Never forget to assemble the nebulizer with washed or preferable - disinfected hands.
Source: Medical University Children’s Clinic CF-Center at the AKH-Vienna