What is a Nebuliser
A nebuliser machine turns the liquid medication for allergic asthma into a fine vapour. An asthma patient having trouble in breathing can easily inhale the vapour to get relief.
Components of a Nebuliser
It is essential to have all the components of the arrangement at hand before using the machine. The items are an air compressor, tubing for the compressor, a mouthpiece, nebuliser cup and the medication prescribed by the doctor.
The machine has a built in battery system but you may use it while plugged to a power outlet, as well.
Using the Machine
Place the compressor on a stable surface. Measure out the recommended dose of the medicines into the nebuliser cup. Connect the cup to the compressor with the tubing. Attach the cup to the mouthpiece in a similar fashion, as well.
Switch on the compressor and check to see if a mist comes out through the tubing to the mouthpiece. This indicates that the machine is working.
Insert the mouthpiece into your mouth between your upper and lower front teeth. Close your mouth around the mouthpiece. You may have to use a mask if you are delivering the medication with a machine to a small child. Place the mask over the child's nose and mouth so that the medication reaches the lungs directly.
It is vital to sit still while taking a course of nebuliser treatment.
Talk to your pharmacist if you have any problems in using the machine.
Duration of Application
A nebuliser therapy may take about 5 to 20 minutes depending upon the amount of medication used. The compressor will start to splutter when the medication is used up.
Several categories of asthma medications are used for delivery through a nebuliser.
Inhaled corticosteroids are effective drugs against conditions like bronchial tube swelling, overproduction of mucous and breathing passage inflammation.
Bronchodilators are drugs that offer relief to patients when they have a sudden attack of allergic asthma.
There are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) that reduce inflammation in the air passageways. The NSAID medications have fewer side effects than the corticosteroids, but are not very efficacious in controlling the symptoms.
A nebuliser machine is particularly effective for an asthma patient who is struggling to breathe in an ambulance. It is advisable for individuals with severe respiratory problems. Asthmatic persons who suffer from excess mucous production may get some relief by using a nebuliser.
Taking Care of the Machine
It is crucial to maintain the machine well to ensure its proper functioning. Dismantle the units of the arrangement after each use. Clean the nebuliser cup and mouthpiece well with a mild detergent and water. Allow the pieces to dry thoroughly before storing them up. Do not wash the tubing pieces. Store the cup and the tubing in a sealed plastic bag.
Cleanse the nebuliser cup and mouthpiece with acetic acid diluted with water every week.
Check the air filter of the compressor. Replace it if it becomes discoloured. It is important to replace the mouthpiece and the tubing every three months.
To ensure that the pump of the nebuliser machine works efficiently, you must arrange for professional servicing every 12 months or sooner.
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