Patient was educated on the process to use a nebulizer as follows:

  1. There are 4 parts to a nebulizer.
  • Air compressor
  • Oxygen tubing
  • Nebulizer cup
  • Mouthpiece
  1. Make sure the nebulizer cup and air compressor are clean before using them.
  2. Connect the air compressor to an electric outlet. Make sure the vents on the air compressor are not blocked, to facilitate necessary airflow into the compressor.
  3. The oxygen tubing is the tube that helps with transporting air from the compressor to the base of the nebulizer cup, into which the medication was placed. So, one end of this tubing connects to the air compressor and the other end connects to the base of the nebulizer cup.
  4. The nebulizer has a cup into which the medication is placed. Cover the cup tightly with the cap and secure the medication to prevent spilling over and wastage of the medication.
  5. Attach the mouthpiece to the top of the nebulizer cup, through which the mist can be inhaled and hold the nebulizer cup upright during the entire process.
  6. Turn the air compressor on. The nebulizer will start misting. Insert the mouthpiece in between the teeth. Make sure the tongue is not obstructing the mouthpiece, by having the mouthpiece over the tongue and not under.
  7. Close the mouth tightly around the mouthpiece and start inhaling the mist. Slowly breath in and out until all the medicine is inhaled and the cup is empty. This could take about 10 – 15 minutes.
  8. If the nebulizer is not misting, check for the connections and the electrical outlet, to make sure all the connections are in place.
  9. Turn the air compressor off, once the procedure is done.