one of the common need for the elders at home is this nebulizer. nebulizer is also a part of a home care services especially during the winter season where any age group who are affected with the respiratory problems are relieved with the help of nebulization. hence we shall know about the nebulizer in detail. nebulizer is a machine which helps to convert the liquid medicine into a mist which will be inhaled by the people for their treatment. it is one of a less expensive way, easy adaptable and commonly used for the respiratory problems like asthma, chest congestion etc.
what is a nebulizer?
a nebulizer is a type of a breathing machine used to treat the lung conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, and other respiratory illnesses. medications can be administered in the form of a mist which is inhaled into the lungs and are often used in situations where the use of an inhaler is difficult or ineffective. these nebulizers will limit the side effects of medications for example like steroids since the medicines are directly delivered into the respiratory system.
a nebulizer will push the compressed air through the liquid medication, which will form as a mist. the mist will then be inhaled with the help of a face mask or a mouthpiece. usual timing will be 10-15 minutes. the nebulizer can be used as relievers or preventers. because many old people especially during the winter season will find the difficulty in breathing which can be resolved with the nebulizer. there are some old people will take the nebulizer as routine by which they feel they will have an uninterrupted sleep. for some people those who have poor oxygen saturation will use the oxygen support along with the nebulizer.
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who needs nebulizer?
people who have respiratory diseases like asthma
such patients who are not able to use inhalers
such patients who cannot use their hands due to nervous problems/poor co-ordination
people who have excessive lung secretions
how do i assemble my nebulizer?
before assembling the machine first we need to know the components and the accessories of the nubulizer unit.
you should have an air compressor, medication cup, mask or the mouthpiece, tubing and measuring device if the medication needs to be measured medication ampule, syringe.
place your nebulizer (air compressor unit) on a table or on a stable surface.
make sure all the accessories and components have been cleaned and dried according to the instructions.
wash hands thoroughly.
measure the medication as per the suggested quantity as per the prescription/ the instructions given by the physician.
top of the cup can be opened and dispense the medicine in front of the cup. close the cup.
once when the cup is attached to the mouthpiece or face mask the tubings can be connected to the compressor and the cup.
once when we switch on the compressor then we can begin the treatment.
every nebulizer comes with some specific instructions. we should always refer the instructions before using for the first time
to maintain this device:
all the parts to be cleaned after each use
every 3 months the tubing, mask or the mouth piece must be replaced or if there is any damage it has to replaced immediately
the filters in the nebulizer must be checked, cleaned and replaced regularly
the pump in the machine should be serviced every 6 months so that it will work effectively
if we do not maintain it the person may not receive the necessary dosage of medication which will increase the risk of getting infection as well as the deterioration of their illness.
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