I am really excited for this guest blog. I have been using nebulisers since I was in school. When at boarding school I used the school nebuliser but once I left school I wasn’t on them long term until my asthma got a bit more tricky to handle and then you always needed a power point to plug the nebuliser into until I was given a portable nebuliser from a patient who was in hospital with me. She sadly died and her husband gave me the brand new nebuliser “Aeroneb Go” which made life so much easier. Since then I have been very fortunate to always have my work horse nebuliser and then my mini nebuliser which comes everywhere with me (even when in hospital it comes to the shower with me!).
Evergreen Nebulisers have been my life line. I have bought a lot of nebulisers from them or parts for nebulisers when the NHS can’t supply. They have a wealth of knowledge and care that its hard to go to anyone for my nebulisers!!! They have even sourced things that were not on their website. (Just a note- they haven’t told me to say this it is my own beliefs and the beliefs of my friends).
About Evergreen. Based in Wigan, Manchester, we are a long established family business which has grown successfully over thirty years. With a background in both hospital and community healthcare, we started out servicing and supplying nebulisers in the North West. Through customer recommendations, the support of our suppliers and developments in technology, we have continued to build the business to our own high standards. Our aim is to assist you in selecting the most appropriate unit to suit the way you live your life
Top Ten Common Mistakes
They’ve been made before, they’ll be made again so here’s a rough guide so you don’t have to make any of the Top Ten common mistakes regarding nebulisers.
Not checking what resources Health Professionals can provide locally.
Despite what we read in the press most NHS trusts provide knowledgeable and efficient COPD, Chest and Respiratory clinics. It’s always worth checking with them what support is available for you. Self Help groups such as Breathe Easy can also be a source of invaluable local knowledge.
Thinking a nebuliser will work without medication.
People are fearful and often panic buy or are influenced by their friends into thinking a nebuliser will be a good idea. Nebuliser medication is only available on prescription and without this medication a nebuliser is just fresh air!
Considering tap water for use in a nebuliser.
Nebulisers are powerful medical devices and should only be used under the direction of a medical professional. Nebulising anything not recommended by a medical professional can be detrimental to your health.
Assuming spending more money means better therapy.
Spending more on a nebuliser can give a slightly quicker therapy but this doesn’t suit everybody. If you only nebulise occasionally what difference does a minute or two make? What if you keep a little cash back and invest in a portable nebuliser as well?
Conversely, hoping a budget machine will work like a hospital model.
For those of you that have to nebulise more regularly or use two or three ampules then spending a little extra is always cost and time effective in the long run. You wouldn’t buy a Smart Car if you’re heading off-road!
Mismatching nebuliser accessories and units.
In some circumstances this can work. However, manufacturers invest a great deal of time and expense developing their nebulisers and accessories to provide you with an efficient, effective therapy. It’s not like a scarf where one size fits all!
Buying a travel nebuliser with a car lead and battery when you never really stray far from home.
Pocket nebulisers and travel nebulisers really can give you the freedom to get out and about. When choosing your nebuliser, be realistic. A Battery that is never used may not work 12 months after purchase.
Thinking your nebuliser isn’t working properly when you really should be ringing your G.P.
This is just one of the reasons why health professionals are reluctant to recommend home nebulisers. If after your therapy you feeling no benefit, call for medical advice. Nebulisers can fail but as you are no doubt aware, anyone with a chest condition is vulnerable to infection and your health can quickly deteriorate.
Boiling non-boil-able medication chambers.
You won’t be the first. Boiling can extend the life of some medication chambers but it will completely destroy others! Good practice is to keep a spare. Always read the instructions or feel free to call us for advice.
Finally, letting the pan boil dry when boiling those that are!
We’ve all done it, whether it’s a medication chamber or an egg. It’s dangerous, expensive and messy so please do be careful!Guest
I am a nurse and passionate about all sports but due to brittle asthma I find myself on the sidelines more and more often. I use my experience with Brittle Asthma to raise awareness about asthma and how change needs to be made. I volunteer as a PPI lead for the Asthma UK Applied Research Centre who aim to reduce asthma deaths, reduce hospital admissions due to asthma and encourage good asthma control. I try not let asthma stop me. This is my life with asthma charting the highs and lows and different experiences due to having brittle asthma. It has shaped me as a person and dictated what I do in life but I won't let it stop me.
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