Safety Information: Hand Held Nebulizer

Doctor’s Prescription:

  • Gather equipment:
    • Medical Air Compressor;
    • Nebulizer unit with nebulizer cup and cap, T-piece, mouthpiece and tubing;
    • Medications.
  • Place compressor on a fiat level surface near patient
  • Fill medication cup with prescribed amount of medication solution.
  • Attach tubing to compressor and nebulizer connection.
  • Plug compressor power cord into an appropriate electrical outlet (UNGROUNDED outlet may require a GROUNDING ADAPTER).
  • Patient should be positioned in a comfortable upright seated or semi-reclining position.
  • Turn on compressor power switch.
  • Ensure nebulizer is operating properly by observing the production of a fine medication aerosol or mist.
  • Place mouthpiece in mouth and breathe in and out SLOWLY and DEEPLY through mouth.


    • If patient is an INFANT or patient tends to gag with mouthpiece in mouth, use a mask or simply blow mist into face.
    • lf patient complains of dizziness or fatigue during treatment, encourage frequent rests during the treatment process.
  • Breathe as described until medication is gone, usually 10-15 minutes. The sound of the nebulizer will change to a “sputtering™” sound as the medication is used up.
  • Turn off power switch.
  • Clean nebulizer as directed in the cleaning instructions provided.
  • Call the oxygen provider’s office (telephone number provided in the Customer Information Handbook) to obtain supplies or with problems or questions.
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