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Transcript of "Using a Nebulizer" Video

This device is called a Nebulizer. Medication is placed inside the nebulizer. The air flow from the air compressor turns the medication into a mist that is inhaled. There are many types of nebulizer and air compressor units.

Before you prepare a nebulizer treatment, wash your hands. Use a clean nebulizer and place the medication inside the nebulizer. Connect the tubing from the nebulizer to the air compressor and put the nebulizer lid on.

Attach the mouthpiece or the mask to the nebulizer. A mask in generally used for a child 5 and under. Older children and adults generally use a mouthpiece.

Turn the compressor on and make sure the nebulizer is misting.

If using a mouthpiece, put the mouthpiece between your teeth and close your lips around it.

Hold the nebulizer in an upright position.

Gently breathe in and out while the medication mists.

If using a mask, place the mask over the mouth and nose.

Hold the nebulizer in an upright position.

Gently breathe in and out while the medication mists.

Occasionally tapping the sides of the nebulizer helps the medication drop to where it can be misted.

Continue breathing in and out until the medication starts to sputter. This means that most of the medication is gone.

It is important to clean and dry the nebulizer unit correctly. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for care and cleaning the nebulizer equipment. Make sure the nebulizer is completely dry before storing it.

National Jewish Health has been ranked by US News and World Report as the number one respiratory hospital in the nation for 11 years in a row. Find out more at NJHealth.org.

 

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