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What is Nebulisation?

Nebulisation is a treatment technique in which tiny spherical droplets of aerosolised medication are generated and inhaled by the patient.

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A nebuliser is a device that makes this happen. It is very similar in design and purpose to an asthma inhaler, but is easier to use and slightly more relaxing due to its simple mechanics and silent working. This then makes it preferable in some instances, such as, when you have small animal patients that have nervous reactions to the noses produced by inhalers or are not compliant to taking oral medication. What makes it easier is the way the nebuliser works which doesn't require the same breath/hand coordination as an inhaler that can be difficult enough even with human patients never mind small animal patients. Unlike the inhaler, where specialised spacers are required when treating small animals, you are not required inhale at a specific time when the inhaler is actuated and hope that the patient takes a breath at the right moment. With a nebuliser, once it is turned on it will begin to dispel the aerosolised medication at a low velocity into the mask and the patient will inhale calmly and normally at their normal breathing rate. This makes it passive and it also means that the caregiver can administer the medication more easily to the small animal patient.

Why use a Nebuliser?

A nebuliser is a mechanical device that changes medication from a liquid to a fine mist so that it can be more easily inhaled into the lungs. They are particularly effective in delivering medication to small animal patients when long term systemic drug therapy is not desirable if the patient has difficulty using a MDI (Metered Dose Inhaler). Nebulisation therapy is often referred to as a "breathing treatment".