A nebulizer is a small machine that turns liquid medicine into a mist which is connected to a mouthpiece or mask and is used to provide treatment to people with lung disorders. Medicine goes into the lungs while the patient takes deep breaths.
The basic steps to set up and use your nebulizer are as follows:
- Wash your hands well.
- Connect the hose to an air compressor.
- Fill the medicine cup with the prescription. To avoid spills, close the medicine cup tightly and always hold the mouthpiece or mask straight up and down.
- Attach the hose and mouthpiece or mask to the medicine cup.
Place the mask over the patients nose and mouth. If using a mouthpiece put it in the patient’s mouth. Lips should be firm around the mouthpiece so that all of the medicine goes into the lungs.
The patient must breathe through their mouth until all the medicine is used. This takes 10 to 15 minutes.
Turn off the machine when done.
Wash the medicine cup and mouthpiece with water and air dry until the next treatment. Take the time to keep your nebulizer clean so that it continues to work properly.
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