VHRC Introdiced A nebulizer , it is a machine that converts liquid medication into a fine mist that can then be inhaled. They used to be used by many people to take their asthma medications, but these days are much less common as we have easier, faster and less expensive ways to take the medications.
What does it do?
A nebuliser pushes compressed air through liquid medication, which makes it a mist. This is then inhaled through either a face mask or a mouthpiece. A standard dose of medication takes 5-10 minutes to be inhaled. Several different types of medication can be taken through a nebuliser, including relievers and preventers. In some cases , oxygen is used in the nebuliser , but only if the person’s oxygen levels are low.
Who should use a nebuliser?
Most people with asthma don’t need a nebuliser. It takes a lot more care to maintain the equipment, more time to take the medication, and the medication is much more expensive in liquid form. However, there are some situations where a nebuliser is still used:
•If someone is really struggling to breathe in hospital or in an ambulance
•If someone can’t use inhalers because they get confused, or have problems with their hands
•For people who have a severe respiratory disease
•For people who have lots of mucus and need the extra moisture in the nebulised treatment to help them clear out the mucus.