Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New NRS Website Launched

Northwest Respiratory Services is pleased to announce the launch of their new website on July, 27th 2012. The site is completely redesigned and revised to include instruction manuals, resources, product manuals, and troubleshooting information to help guide and inform our customers. Our new website also brings together our new branding strategy unifying NRS' online presence across media and social networking platforms. We hope our customers find this to be a more user friendly and informative experience up-to-date with the latest advantages of online resources. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Northwest Respiratory Services New Website

Northwest Respiratory Services

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Infection Control

After a brief absence, well maybe not so brief, we're back with another Tip of the Month. Infection Control is one of the most important things to keep an eye on both for us, as providers of durable medical equipment (DME), and for you our customers. We all need to limit the possibilities and avenues that can spread infections, viruses, and diseases. So, read on to find out some of our recommendations for practicing infection control.

Infection Control
If you have COPD, or any other respiratory ailment, you can avoid infection by staying away from people that have the flu or upper respiratory infections. (Flu or pneumonia shots have become much more readily available in recent years as well.) Changes in your cough, wheezing, or mucus color and production can signal the onset of an infection. If you do get an infection, contact your physician so that treatment may begin right away.

Keeping your equipment clean is also a necessary step in infection control. You can wash your mask or cannula with liquid soap 1-2 times a week, being sure to rinse it well. At a minimum, change your cannula every week and tubing or humidifier bottle every month. If you do use humidity, you can also follow these steps to clean the humidifier bottle:

  • Soak all parts in warm soapy water for 15 minutes. Use a brush to remove any remaining particles.
  • Rinse all parts in warm water and shake dry.
  • To disinfect, soak the parts in a basin of one part white vinegar to three parts water for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse all parts and let air dry.
Foam Filter on PB540
For equipment, be sure to wipe the gauges, concentrator, or liquid unit with a clean damp cloth. For concentrators with an external foam filter, brush clean or rinse with warm water and let air dry before putting them back on the machine. Our service technicians can show you where these filters are located.

Though not an all-encompassing guide to infection control, the above steps and suggestions should help you decrease your risks and chances for infection and maintain your personal health. Thanks for reading, and as always we welcome your comments and suggestions.

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(Images from cdc.gov, NRS)