As with many medical devices, there are many lay terms associated with nebulizer treatments. One common term for a nebulizer treatment is a breathing treatment. Used especially with children, this term refers to a nebulizer treatment, describing medication which is “breathed in” as the way it is administered.
If you or your child suffers from asthma, COPD, CF or another respiratory condition, you may be prescribed a nebulizer. While many people are familiar with meter dose inhalers (MDI) for treating respiratory conditions, some patients benefit from nebuliser treatment for a variety of reasons.
The best nebulizer for travel depends on several factors. First, will you be traveling in a car or by plane or train? In a car, there is typically a DC (previously called a cigarette outlet) auto outlet. Many travel nebulizers like the Deluxe model NebXP Portable Nebulizer by Mabis come with a DC car adaptor
While most nebulizer kits do not come with a mask, it can be an important accessory for added comfort and medication effectiveness. This is especially true for the very young or more mature, as they have a more difficult time properly cupping their lips around the mouthpiece to create the proper seal necessary for a treatment. Masks can also be a way for the patient to relax and breath more deeply without worrying about the mouthpiece.
A pulse oximeter is a devise which is used to determine a patient’s oxygen saturation level as well as the user’s pulse. Many people use pulse oximeters, from elite athletes to people needing oxygen therapy, to ensure they have the proper oxygen level. Many doctors also use pulse oximeters to monitor patients’ oxygen levels and pulse.
A Metered Dose Inhaler, commonly referred to as an MDI, is a common treatment for respiratory symptoms such as asthma. An MDI can be used on a daily or as-needed basis. Medication is stored inside the MDI's canister, which is depressed to release the medication through a specially designed nozzle.