Nurse Deb gives instructions on how to use a Nebulizer®.
This device is called a Nebulizer. Medication is placed inside the Nebulizer. The airflow from the air compressor turns the medication into a mist that is inhaled. There are many types of Nebulizer and air compressor units.
Before you prepare a Nebulizer treatment, wash your hands. Use a clean Nebulizer. Place the medication inside the Nebulizer. Connect the tubing from your Nebulizer to your air compressor. Put the Nebulizer lid back on. Attach a mouthpiece or a mask to the Nebulizer. A mask is generally used for a child 5 and under; older children usually use the mouthpiece.
Turn the compressor on and make sure the Nebulizer is misting. If using a mouthpiece, put the mouthpiece between your teeth and close your lips around it. Hold the Nebulizer in an upright position. Gently breathe in and out while the medication mists.
If you’re using a mask, place the mask on the Nebulizer and over the person’s nose and mouth. Hold the Nebulizer in an upright position. Gently watch them breathe in and out while the medication mists. Occasionally tapping the sides of the Nebulizer will help the medication drop down to where it can be misted. Continue breathing in and out until the Nebulizer starts to sputter. This means most of the medication is gone.
It is important to clean and dry the Nebulizer unit correctly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and caring for the Nebulizer unit. Make sure the Nebulizer is completely dry before storing it.
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