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How to use a nebuliser

How to use a nebuliser

Most medications for relieving asthma are very effective when inhaled because the product reaches the bronchi directly. However, it is very important to follow the directions for correct use of the equipment for administering the medication.


What is a nebuliser?

It is a device designed to deliver medicine in fine particles that can be inhaled. The nebuliser is the container into which the medication is poured. The nebuliser is usually connected to a compressor which generates compressed air.

How is a nebuliser used?

  1. Wash your hands before handling the nebuliser.
  2. Attach the nebuliser to the compressor.
  3. Plug the compressor into the electrical socket.
  4. Pour the dose of medication into the nebuliser.
  5. Fix the mouthpiece or mask onto the nebuliser.
  6. Switch on the compressor using the switch.
  7. Sit as straight as possible.
  8. Apply the mask by holding it over your mouth and nose.
    Or hold the mouthpiece between your teeth and close your lips around it.
  9. Hold the nebuliser upright..
  10. Breathe in slowly and deeply.
  11. A "bubbling" noise inside the nebuliser lets you know that there is no product left.
  12. Switch off the compressor and unplug it.

How should the machine be maintained?

Remove any remaining product (medication).
Dismantle the parts of the nebuliser.
Clean them with water and a little detergent.
Rinse the parts and leave them to dry on a clean surface.

Are there any adverse effects?

As with all medications, there may be adverse effects. For inhaled medications, the vast majority of these effects are mild. If in any doubt, ask your doctor for advice.

A nebuliser is strictly for personal use. It is adapted by your doctor to suit the severity of your asthma. Follow the instructions written on your prescription and read the directions for use carefully before taking your medication.

Publication date:   10/14/17
Date of modification:  11/29/11
 
 

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