A nebulizer is a medical device that is used to administer medication in the form of a mist or aerosol directly into the lungs. Here are the steps to use and maintain a home nebulizer:
Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the nebulizer and medication.
Prepare the medication as per your doctor’s instructions. Most nebulizer medications come in a liquid form that needs to be diluted with sterile saline solution.
Connect the nebulizer to the compressor or power source as per the manufacturer's instructions.
Pour the medication into the nebulizer cup and attach the mouthpiece or mask.
Turn on the nebulizer and breathe in and out through your mouth until all the medication has been consumed.
Once finished, disconnect the nebulizer from the power source and take apart the mask and nebulizer cup.
Wash the nebulizer cup, mask, and any other removable parts with warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Allow the parts to air dry completely before storing them in a clean, dry place.
Clean the compressor or power source as per the manufacturer's instructions.
Replace the nebulizer kit as per your doctor’s instructions or the manufacturer's guidelines.
Store the nebulizer in a clean, dry place away from dust and other contaminants.