Nebulizer maintenance is important to ensure your machine is always in good working order. According to webmd.com, a nebulizer is a device that “changes medication from a liquid to a mist so that it can be more easily inhaled into the lungs.” Nebulizers are particularly effective in delivering asthma medications to infants and small children and to anyone who has difficulty using an asthma inhaler. These machines are an efficient way to treat asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Asthma is a difficulty in breathing that tends to be hereditary, meaning that if one or both of your parents has asthma, you have a chance of developing it too. COPD, on the other hand, is caused by smoking more often than not, and most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. Long-term exposure to other lung irritants such as air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust also may contribute to COPD. Both of these health conditions can be treated with a nebulizer, though asthma can also be treated with an inhaler.
So, how does it work? After adding the correct dose of medication into the nebulizer cup, the medicine is delivered through a tube to a mask or mouthpiece with forced air from the machine. This medicine is inhaled, the breath held for a few seconds, and the lungs respond to the medication. This is the preferred method of delivering asthma or lung infection medication to babies and children because all they have to do is sit still for a minute, accept the mask or mouthpiece and breathe in. Because this machine works with liquid and mist that is breathed in, it is important that nebulizer maintenance is performed on a regular schedule.
Here are some helpful pointers for nebulizer maintenance:
1) After every use, thoroughly rinse the nebulizer cup, shake out any excess water and let it air dry. Once a day, the nebulizer cup and tubing should be washed with mild soap and warm water and also dried by air.
2) Make sure to change the filter in the compressor of the machine every 3-6 months to insure a fine mist is achieved with every use and the motor runs properly.
3) Replace nebulizer parts by following the manufacturer’s replacement schedule. A generalized schedule can be found on the Aeroflow website.
4) Keep your nebulizer free from dust that can clog the compressor. This can be done by wiping the machine down daily with a damp cloth, or keeping it in a dust free environment like a drawer or cloth bag.
If you or your child suffer with asthma or have a lung infection, or someone you know lives with COPD, a nebulizer may be just what the doctor ordered, literally. This item requires a prescription to obtain. Once you have one, it is important to keep up the maintenance. You do not want to be in a situation where you or your child cannot breathe and the machine is not working properly because you have not taken the proper steps to keep it clean.
If you think your breathing trouble is taking a toll on you, see your doctor about possible nebulizer treatment. Aeroflow can assist you with getting a nebulizer machine at little to no cost to you through insurance. If you have any other questions about nebulizers, call and speak with a knowledgeable staff member at Aeroflow Healthcare by calling 888-345-1780 or visit our website, so you can get back out there and enjoy the fresh air!