For adult and pediatric patients alike with certain medical conditions such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis, a nebulizer can be one of the most essential pieces of medical equipment in day to day life. When these machines experience technical difficulties or do not operate properly, patients can experience dramatic drop-offs in quality of life, and sometimes even life-threatening complications. Because of this fact, it is essential that all patients and caregivers who deal with nebulizers be familiar with basic procedures for troubleshooting nebulizers.
Getting to Know Your Nebulizer
The main thing to remember when troubleshooting nebulizers is that issues are rarely due to the compressor itself. While these do sometimes break or malfunction, it can take years of use, or trauma such as dropping, to make this happen. In most cases, issues with nebulizers are a result of poor maintenance. This is because the atomized medicine that nebulizers output can have a side effect of clogging tubing and mouthpieces. If mouthpieces and tubing are not properly and vigorously cleaned after each use, the medicine can crystalize and clog the machine, causing it not to mist properly. Additionally, filters should be changed out periodically since they will eventually clog by normal use, leading to the same kind of mist-preventing issues. Finally, nebulizers can sometimes have bacterial buildup from normal use, particularly if being used during bouts of bronchitis or other possible bacterial conditions. Because of this, masks and tubing should be frequently sterilized and changed out for more than just preventing clogs.
Be Proactive, Not Reactive
Often, the ideal scenario in place of troubleshooting nebulizers is to prevent problems from ever arising by making sure that the nebulizer’s interchangeable and disposable parts are frequently changed out. The medicine cup, tubing, filter, and mask are all parts of the nebulizer which should not be used permanently. Most insurances, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross and other private insurance, will provide to replace the plastic parts such as tubing and medicine cup, at least once every 6 months. Many insurances will pay for filters and masks monthly as well. Because of this fact, and due to the high premiums many people pay for their insurances, it is essential to maximize the benefit of covered supplies such as nebulizer replacement parts. Working with an experienced durable medical equipment supplier like Aeroflow Healthcare can be a great benefit to preventing needing to troubleshoot nebulizers yourself. Our trained supply representatives will contact you at intervals when your insurance will cover new nebulizer supplies, helping you get the equipment you are entitled to. Additionally, Aeroflow can also contact you when you are due for new nebulizer compressor, ensuring that you or your child has the latest and most convenient equipment available. Finally, if you are having a nebulizer troubleshooting issue that you cannot resolve yourself, our trained phone support staff can help you talk through issues, complete with manufacturer owner’s manuals, in order to get back to using your therapy as intended as quickly as possible.
We are Here to Help
If you, your child, or someone you love is using a nebulizer for a chronic or acute health concern, ensure that they are maximizing the benefit of their insurance, as well as protected from any sudden nebulizer troubleshooting issues. Do not delay, contact Aeroflow Healthcare at 888-345-1780 today to partner with our trained sales and support staff to make sure that your quality of life while using a nebulizer is as high as possible. To learn more about Aeroflow’s nebulizer products and services, you can visit our website here.