Frequently Asked Questions
How do I keep from tearing the neckseal?
First and foremost: a smooth, non-jagged edge must be obtained. Before stretching the opening over the patient's head, fold the cut edge under slightly so the stretching occurs at the fold instead of the cut line, which is now the neckseal’s weakest point. Please reference the Directions for Use for the Hood System you are using for a diagram.
What is the best way to cut the neckseal to size?
Determine the patient’s neck size using a tape measure. The neckseal should fit tight enough to prevent leaks but not be uncomfortable. Use the TRIM CHART to determine the rib that most closely matches the neck measurement. If it is between sizes, choose the next smaller rib to prevent cutting too large. Use sharp scissors to make one continuous, smooth cut. This will prevent jagged edges and tearing points.
What is the difference between the Series 500 and the Series 530 Neckseals?
The Series 500 Neckseal is Single-Patient, Multi-Use, meaning one patient uses the neckseal for the duration of treatment. It is simply discarded upon completion. The Series 530 Neckseal is Multi-Patient, Multi-use, meaning the neckrings can be autoclaved and re-used. Simply replace the neckseal between patients. Both Series’ neckseals are available in latex and non-latex. All of Sea-Long Hoods are interchangeable with either style.
Why is it so difficult to separate the hood from the neckseal ring?
Most likely the o-ring needs to be lubricated with an oxygen compatible lubricant. It only takes a very small amount to make it easier. Too much lubricant will make it difficult to keep the seal in place. If you are using the Multi-Patient Neckring, a small amount of lubricant can be added to the neckseal itself near the “pins” to make ring seating/separation easier. Again, less is best.
What causes visor fog?
Fogging occurs because of high humidity percentages inside the hood. It can often be eliminated by changing the nebulizer settings and adjusting the flow rate. Utilizing the ports on the neckring can help too.
My patient has a stoma, what can I use?
The "Tape-on Neckdam" is available for patients with a stoma. The Neckdam Sleeve works exclusively with our Replacaeble Series to make it convenient and cost-effective.