Nebulizers

Asthma Management

Nebulizers

A nebulizer is a device that converts liquid medicine into a fine mist you can more easily inhale into your lungs. It’s driven by a compressed air machine. A nebulizer consists of a cup, a mouthpiece attached to a T-shaped mask, and a thin plastic tube that’s connected to the compressed air machine.

Nebulizers are particularly effective in delivering asthma medications to infants and small children, and anyone who has difficulty using an asthma inhaler. They are also helpful when a large dose of inhaled medication is needed.

Cleaning Your Nebulizer

Cleaning and disinfecting your nebulizer is very important because it helps prevent infection. Regular cleaning also helps make your nebulizer last longer. Cleaning should be done in a dust- and smoke-free area away from open windows.

After each use, you should:

  • Wash your hands before cleaning your nebulizer.

  • Remove the mouthpiece and T-shaped mask from the cup

  • Rinse the mouthpiece and T-shaped mask under a strong stream of warm water for approximately 30 seconds

  • Shake off excess water, and let the mouthpiece and T-shaped mask air dry on a clean cloth or paper towel

  • Reassemble the cup, mouthpiece, T-shaped mask and tubing, and store away for the next use

At the end of each day, you should:

  • Wash your hands before cleaning your nebulizer.

  • Remove the mouthpiece and T-shaped mask from the cup

  • Wash the cup, mouthpiece and T-shaped mask with mild dishwashing soap and warm water.

  • Rinse the cup, mouthpiece and T-shaped mask under a strong stream of water for approximately 30 seconds.

  • Shake off excess water, and let the cup, mouthpiece and T-shaped mask air dry on a clean cloth or paper towel

  • Reassemble the cup, mouthpiece, T-shaped mask and tubing, and store away for the next use

Every three days, you should:

  • Wash your hands before disinfecting your nebulizer.

  • Remove the mouthpiece and T-shaped mask from the cup

  • Rinse the mouthpiece and T-shaped mask under a strong stream of warm water for approximately 30 seconds

  • Soak the cup, mouthpiece, T-shaped mask for 30 minutes in a solution that is one part white vinegar and three parts hot water.

  • Rinse the cup, mouthpiece and T-shaped mask under a strong stream of water for approximately 30 seconds.

  • Shake off excess water, and let the cup, mouthpiece and T-shaped mask air dry on a clean cloth or paper towel

  • Reassemble the cup, mouthpiece, T-shaped mask and tubing, and store away for the next use


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