Q. What do you recommend for cleaning of CPAP masks manually?
A. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks have become a very widely used at home medical device. Many companies specialize in cleaning and reprocessing these masks.
We would recommend Tergazyme® Enzyme-Active Powdered Detergent. It is an anionic, widely available and potent emulsifier of organic and oily residue, along with protease enzymes for removal of persistent bioresidues.
Use a warm (< 130F/55C) bath with a 1-2% solution for 10-20 minutes. This temperature ensures the enzymes are not degraded or reduced in activity which occurs at elevated temperatures. Please also use within 8 hours of formulation to ensure avoidance of enzyme autocatalysis. After all, protein enzymes are made of protein.
Thorough rinsing following the CPAP cleaning ensures a residue-free, sanitized surface. Once properly cleaned, disinfection, as specified by CDC can follow.
Further details on disinfection and sterilization procedures.
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