Oxygen Supply & Delivery FAQ

This FAQ has been compiled by our team of experts and may require adaptation to your local context.

Are oxygen delivery devices (e.g. ventilator circuits, nasal cannula etc) reusable?

  • Most are not considered reusable per manufacturer specifications 
  • Check with the manufacturer specification and clinical guidelines to determine if reuse is safe
  • Steps for disinfection must be closely adhered to and may be manufacturer specific 
  • Some reusable devices (e.g. some ventilator circuits) may have a finite lifespan (e.g. a predefined number of sterilizing cycles).  

Click here to review WHO tips for cleaning and disinfection of respiratory equipment 

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