All You Want To Know About ICU Nebulizer

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Some of you might be familiar with the nebulizer and its work, but some people are still unaware of this machine and its work. It’s a very useful and life-saving machine that is very beneficial for everyone. For beginners, we can say that a nebulizer is a machine that is exclusively good for kids and infants.

Especially for children that have asthma problems, an ICU nebulizer is a lifesaver for them. It is also used by adults especially when they encounter chest infections. They relieve their symptoms right away. In this article, you will get everything you need to know about nebulizers.

Medications Involved:

The medications that are involved in the nebulizers are as follows. They relieve the symptoms of lung infection and asthma instantly.

Corticosteroids

These drugs are used to fight inflammation in the body. It usually includes budesonide, flunisolide, fluticasone, and triamcinolone.

Bronchodilators

For the opening of airways, nebulizers use this drug. This includes albuterol, formoterol,levalbuterol and salmeterol.

How to Use a Nebulizer?

Here we are going to teach you how to use a nebulizer. The use of nebulizers involves some basic steps that we are going to teach you to step by step.

Supplies

First of all, you need all the essential supplies required for it. The list of these supplies is as follows

  1. Air compressor
  2. Nebulizer cap
  3. Mask or mouthpiece
  4. Essential medication

Step No-1

First of all, you need to put the air compressor on a surface that is flat or maybe sturdy surface. Then attach it to the electricity by a three-prong electrical outlet. The electrical outlet must be grounded.

Step No-2

In the second step and most basic and important step, you need to wash your hand. You can wash your hand either with soap and water or with sanitizer. But, do not forget to dry your hands. For the process to be performed, you need your hand neat and clean and also completely dry as well.

Step No-3

The very next step is putting the medicine you need to gather into the nebulizer cup. The medicine usually comes in units that are measured already basically into units of dose vials. If the medicine is not priory measured, you have to measure it yourself with a separate and clean measuring device.

Step No-4

In the very next step, you need to assemble the whole machine. You need to assemble the mouthpiece and the nebulizer cup.

Step No-5

Now you need to turn on your compressor and make sure that it is working properly. For a child, place him/her on your lap, and if you are using a nebulizer cup place it on her/his mouth.

If you are using a mouthpiece then make sure it is placed between his teeth and make sure to seal his mouth. And also do not forget to make sure that your child is safe and comfortable.

Step No-6

Breathing inside the nebulizer should be slow. Especially encouraging long breaths in the mouthpiece. Make sure to hold breaths for 3 or 4 seconds so that the medication settles in the lungs.

Step No-7

Continue this process until the medication is gone. If you notice that the nebulizer is making sputtering noises or the cup has a little liquid left, it means your nebulization process is taking place finely.

Step No-8

If you feel dizziness or heaviness, halt the procedure for about five minutes and then start again. Continue with the treatment and take a breath slowly. If you face any problem in the process, immediately book an appointment with your doctor.

Ending remarks

Nebulizer is a very beneficial device and is a must-have for every household. There are various medications involved in this process that maintain the health of your lungs by preventing inflammation and opening your airways. It is a simple process that requires 8 basic steps to take place. But if you have any kind of unease during it, consult with your doctor.

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