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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Nebuliser?

A nebuliser is a medical device used to administer medication in the form of a fine mist inhaled deep into the lungs.

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What is a nebuliser compressor?

The compressor is the machine that connects to a nebuliser chamber and pumps compressed air through the nebuliser chamber, turning the liquid medication into a fine mist.

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What is a vibrating mesh nebuliser?

Mesh technology enables a nebuliser to be smaller, extremely portable and virtually silent. The small mesh disc has around 6000 microscopic holes through which your medication is pushed at speed to form a visible mist.

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How do you use a nebuliser?

If you have been prescribed a nebuliser it is important that your healthcare professional explains how to use it. After washing your hands the basic steps are: connect the tube to the compressor, pour you prescription medication into the nebuliser cup, attach the tube to the bottom of the nebuliser cup and fit the mask or mouthpiece to the top. The nebuliser is then ready for you to inhale the medication.

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Who would benefit from using a nebuliser?

Nebulisers are used for a wide range of lung conditions such as COPD, bronchiectasis, asthma, cystic fibrosis and others. However they should only be used on the advice of your medical professional.

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What medication do you use in a nebuliser?

The medication you use will depend on your symptoms and diagnosis. It may be as simple as a reliever or a more complex regime involving steroids or antibiotics.

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How many times can you use a nebuliser?

Your health professional will decide if you can have a nebuliser at home and how often it can be used.

How long does a nebuliser treatment take?

The treatment time will vary depending on the size of the dose you have been advised to take. On average a 2.5ml salbutamol ampule will take approximately 6-8 minutes to nebulise.

Can nebulisers be used by children?

Generally hospitals do not advocate the use of home nebulisers for children. It is clinically safer for children who need a nebuliser therapy to be treated in a setting where other vital signs can be monitored. However a consultant, G.P or specialist nurse may prescribe nebuliser therapy for home use if certain guidelines are followed.

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How do I clean a nebuliser?

If you nebulise several times a day you must be conscientious about cleaning the medication chamber as it could become blocked and slow down your therapy. Cleaning instructions will vary depending on which nebuliser you have. Refer to the manufacturers instructions that are supplied with your machine.

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Where do I find a nebuliser that is used by the N.H.S?

There is not a standard model used across the N.H.S. Hospitals, wards, clinics, nurses and doctors have their own criteria which can be based on many different factors, and their criteria may not necessarily be the most appropriate for you at home.

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Can I take my nebuliser on holiday?

In most cases the answer is yes but please check as the voltage in other countries or on a cruise ship may differ. Efficient portable nebulisers are available which have the advantage of being multi volt and can also be used from a 12v car lead or a battery.

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