Ultrasonic nebulizer

An ultrasonic nebulizer is a breathing device which may be used to inject medication into the lungs. There are three primary kinds of nebulizers available. However, the ultrasonic nebulizer is handier than the others because of the fact that is very small and can be easily carried. This machine is particularly designed for those who are unable to use a handheld inhaler. Use of a nebulizer as well as the correct medication requires the prescription of a doctor.

The term ‘nebulize’ means to turn something into vapor. This means that the medication that is needed by the lungs is turned from a liquid into a mist so that it can be inhaled easily. For this particular nebulizer, it uses high-frequency sound waves to disintegrate the liquid into minute particles. People who need to move around very frequently but still require their medication are best suited to this device. This device is also better suited to children who require the medicine to be provided quickly, as the ultrasonic nebulizer is able to translate the medicine into the required form faster than the other types of nebulizers do.

The most advantageous property of high-frequency sound-utilizing nebulizers is that they are able to turn the liquid medicine into a fine form of vapor, which can be barely seen with the naked eye. While this may not sound that significant, it is particularly useful as the smaller the particles are broken down, the easier it gets to inhale them and they also go deeper into the lungs to have a greater field of effect. The other benefits of ultrasonic nebulizers are that they are much smaller and create much less noise than compressor nebulizers. Also, because it uses high-frequency sounds for the main process, it is very efficient and also causes less wastage than other nebulizers. There are also a few ultrasonic nebulizers that do not need the medicine to be diluted prior to being fed into the machine.

The main components of the ultrasonic nebulizer are the transducer. This is where the main process of the nebulizer which is turning the liquid into vapor takes place. Other components include the mesh cap, the medication cap and the mask containing the mouthpiece. Some of the professional ultrasonic nebulizers that are found in hospitals may also have an adjustable arm.

Ultrasonic Nebulizers can only nebulize liquid medication. The liquid must also contain small particles so that it can break them up effectively. Medicine consisting of larger particles, such as Budesonide, may not work in the nebulizer as the particles are too large to be broken down by the sound waves. However, there is no risk involved if the wrong type of medicine is fed into the nebulizer. The solution will not be nebulized and the medicine will simply be wasted in such a cases.

To keep the ultrasonic nebulizer operational and to achieve prolonged service before it requires repair or replacement, proper maintenance is required. No special cleaning liquid is required to clean the ultrasonic nebulizer. Regular water or distilled water is a suitable cleaning agent for this machine. It is also better to use cool water rather than warm water. Using warm water increases the rate of nebulization whereas cold water does not. The device should always be cleaned before the initial use and after each use. All the components should be thoroughly cleaned with water after each use, making sure that no medicine remains inside the device. After the device is cleaned, allow it to dry up naturally. In most nebulizers, the producers will provide instructions on how to use the nebulizer as well as how to maintain it.

Last updated on May 15th, 2010 and filed under Respiratory Diseases. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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