What is a Nebulizer?
A Nebulizer is a device for administering a medication by spraying a fine particle/aerosol mist into the nose. Also known as a atomizer . Nebulizers change asthma medications from a liquid to a aerosol particularized mist, allowing it be more easily inhaled into the lungs.
The common use of aerosol medications for the treatment of pulmonary disorders, became established in the latter half of the 20th century, this method of delivery clearly has advantages over oral and other routes of delivery. The use of inhaled aerosols directs selective treatment into lungs directly thus achieving high drug concentrations ithrough the airway while reducing adverse effects by minimizing systemic drug levels.
How to use a Nebulizer Compressor:
A nebulizer is the optimal delivery method of medication to the lungs. However, some users find some what difficult to use, especially young children. In this case, an aerosol nasal or face mask can be utilized. To make sure proper mask is utilized, please consult with your home health provider or physician.
The aspect of taking a treatment is the patient breathing patterns while slowly inhaling the medication mist.
It should be slow and deep and full, and should be made to sit up straight and breathe in deep.
The rule of thumb is to attempt, to breathe in so deeply that it feels as though the lungs feel completely full of air and inhaling any additional air seams impossible.
If possible, hold your breath, unless your physician directed otherwise and slowly exhale from the nebulizer mouthpiece or mask. Holding your breath after inhaling the medication allows for optimal absorption of medication in the lungs.
Compete this method for and this breathing pattern for the entire treatment.
The length of a treatment may last from 5 to 20 minutes, allowing for the amount of medication and the models of your compressor and nebulizer system. When you no longer see any medication in the nebulizer cup and the nebulizer has no longer producing a fine mist, the treatment is completed.
If you have any additional questions regarding your equipment, medication, or treatment, please consult your physician.