I use the pink bullets of sodium chloride to suction the trach now. However, it seems we are always low on these sodium chloride bullet supplies and the company won't send more supplies until the due date. Mom won't pay out of pocket for any supplies. I was just curious if I could use distilled water if we were completely out of supplies? I was thinking I could keep a bottle of distilled water if possible in my car to use in case of no supplies. Thanks.
Aug 3, '10
by nursel56 Guide
What's up with the pink vials of NS in such short supply? I'm finding this to be a difficult thing to keep hold of and both our respiratory company and our pharmacy do not carry them. I had to explain over and over to the brother of one patient that those big jugs of saline are only sterile the first time you open and use it.
Thanks for the home recipe link. I have boiled water before in home care if I had no bottles of sterile water, Blackcat. When we reuse the suction catheters and rinse the tubing in water more than once it isn't sterile anymore, either.
Last edit by nursel56 on Aug 3, '10