Nebulizers

Nebulizers

GENERAL GUIDELINES
  • Your doctor has prescribed nebulizer treatments for you at home.
  • The nebulizer converts the liquid medication into a fine mist that you can inhale into your airways.
  • It is very import you follow you physicians instructions on frequency and use of your nebulizer.
  • Keep a spare nebulizer kit on hand.


GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
  • Use the nebulizer exactly as your physician has prescribed.
  • Plug your nebulizer into a properly grounded & polarized wall outlet.
    • Do not use an extension cord.
    • Do not plug into an outlet controlled by a switch/dimmer.
  • Place the compressor on a solid surface making sure vents are not blocked.
  • Assemble the nebulizer kit including the medicine cup, tubing, T-piece, mouth piece, and reservoir if applicable.
  • If using a mask attach the medication cup directly to the mask. Place mask over mouth and nose with elastic over your ears and behind your head.
  • Attach the nebulizer kit to the compressor.
  • Fill the medicine cup with your prescribed medication.
  • Keep the nebulizer up right to avoid spilling out your medication.
  • Turn ON the compressor.
  • Place the mouth piece in your mouth between your teeth and seal the mouth piece with your lips.
  • Breathe in and out of the mouth piece at a normal rate of respiration.
  • Tap the side of the medication cup periodically to shake down droplets that accumulate on the sides of the cup.
  • Continue treatment until the mist is complete gone.
  • Most treatments take from 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Turn OFF your compressor.
  • While taking your treatment you may notice your pulse rate increase, you may feel dizzy, or shaky. This usually goes away after the treatment and lessens with the continued use of medication. If symptoms persist contact your doctor.
  • Replace nebulizer kits as needed.


CLEANING and CARE
  • After each treatment remove nebulizer assembly from the tubing.
    • Separate the pieces and rinse under warm, running water.
    • Shake off water and allow to air dry.
  • Once a day:
    • Separate the nebulizer pieces and wash in a solution of mild dishwashing detergent. Rinse with warm water.
    • Soak all parts in white vinegar solution one cup of vinegar to three cups of water, for 30 minutes.
    • Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry.
    • Note: Your doctor might recommend a commercial disinfectant product instead of the white vinegar solution. Always follow your physician instructions.
  • Your nebulizer has a filter that will need to be replaced when dirty. The filter will discolor over time with use. Replace the filter when this happens.


MAINTENANCE and SAFETY
  • Always check expiration dates on your medication.
  • DO NOT ATTEMPT to open the device. This will void the device’s warranty.
  • If the equipment is not functioning contact our office.
  • Remember cleaning and replacing your nebulizer kit and filter is important to receive the correct therapy, keep your device running properly and avoid infection.

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IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL OFFICE OR DELIVERY TECHNICIAN