The nebulizer unit delivers medicine directly to your lungs to help you breathe easier. Nebulizers change medication into a fine mist and provide relief for shortness of breath.
Supplies you will need
- Nebulizer unit
- Nebulizer set
- Prescribed medication
What to do
- Explain to the patient what you are going to do, even if you are unsure whether they can hear.
- Wash your hands before preparing the medicine.
- Unscrew the medicine cap and pour the medicine into the bottom of the cup or nebulizer chamber.
- Attach the T piece to the top of the cup.
- Place the mouthpiece on one end of the T piece and the tubing on the other end of the T piece.
- Attach tubing to the machine and the other end to the bottom or side of the medicine cup.
- Place the patient in an upright or sitting position or raise the head of the bed.
- Turn the machine on.
- Have the patient breathe as normally as possible until all the medicine in the cup is gone. (You may need to shake it occasionally to get all the medicine nebulized.)
- Clean the mouthpiece with hot soapy water and rinse. Place the equipment in a plastic bag to keep dust-free.
Adapted from: The Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice (10th ed.) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013.