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Thursday, 2 December 2010
Top Ten Common Mistakes regarding Nebulisers
Not checking what resources Health Professionals can provide locally.
Despite what we read in the press most NHS trusts provide knowledgeable and efficient COPD, Chest, Respiratory Clinics and its always worth checking with them first.
Self help groups such as Breathe Easy and Breathing Together can also be a source of invaluable local knowledge
Thinking a nebuliser will work without medication
Its a question we often get asked. People are fearful and panic buy but without medication a nebuliser is just fresh air.
Thinking tap water is safe to use in a nebuliser.
These are powerful medical devices and should only be used under the direction of a medical professional.
Assuming spending more money equals a better therapy
It can equal a slightly quicker therapy but this doesn’t suit all and if you only nebulise occasionally what difference does a minute or two make? Some of you prefer to keep a little cash back and invest in a pocket nebuliser as well.
For those of you who do have to nebulise more regularly and often, then spending a little extra is definitely cost and time effective in the long run.
Mismatching nebuliser accessories and units
In some circumstances this can work but manufactures do invest a great deal of time and expense developing their nebulisers and accessories to provide you with efficient effective therapy ( its not like socks where one size fits all )
Buying a travel nebuliser with a car lead and a battery when you never really stray far from home.
Pocket nebulisers and travel nebulisers really can give you the freedom to get out and about. But when choosing a nebuliser, be realistic. A battery that is never used may not work 12 months after purchase.
Thinking your nebuliser isn’t working properly when really you should be ringing your G.P.
This is just one of the reasons why Health Professionals are reluctant to prescribe home nebulisers. If after your therapy you feel no benefit, call for medical advice. Nebulisers can fail but as you are no doubt aware, anyone with a chest condition is vulnerable and your health can quickly deteriorate even after your neb therapy.
Boiling non boil-able medication chambers
Always read the instructions or feel free to call us for advice. Boiling can extend the life of some medication chambers but completely destroy others. Good practice is to keep a spare.
Letting the pan boil dry when boiling those that are !
We’ve all done it whether it’s a medication chamber or an egg. Its dangerous, expensive and messy, so do be careful.