Aerosol Therapy

    • Aerosol Therapy
      • Deposits medication directly into the airway
      • Useful in avoiding systemic side effects
      • Nebulized with oxygen
        • Handheld nebulizers discharge a medicated mist into a small plastic mask, which the child holds over the nose and mouth.
      • Metered-dose inhalers
        • Self-contained, handheld device that allows for intermittent delivery of a specified amount of medication.
      • To avoid particle deposition in the nose and pharynx, the child is instructed to take slow, deep breaths through an open mouth during the treatment.
      • For home use, an air compressor is necessary to force air through the liquid medication to form the aerosol. 
      • Compact, portable units can be obtained from health equipment companies
      • Assessment of breath sounds and work of breathing should be done before and after treatments

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