What are Nebulizers?
Small volume nebulizers (SVN) turn a liquid medication into a mist that can be breathed in.(1) “SVNs are often used by respiratory therapists in the hospital to deliver breathing treatments to patients. Home-use SVNs can also be used outside the hospital.” (1)
Different Types of Nebulizers
There are two types of small volume nebulizers (SVN). These include a jet nebulizer and an electronic nebulizer. A jet nebulizer is the most common type of nebulizer. Jet nebulizers are designed for only one patient to use. The other SVN is an electronic nebulizer. “The main difference is that these other types of electronic nebulizers do not use a compressor. Instead, they use electrical energy to turn the liquid medication into a mist.” (1)
1. Becker E, Holt TO, Wiles K, Myers T. A Patient’s Guide to Aerosol Medication Delivery, 3rd Edition, 2017. American Association for Respiratory Care. Aerosol medication delivery devices: pressurized metered dose inhalers. Available from: http://www.aarc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/aerosol-guides-for-patients-3rd.pdf .
Accessed November 9, 2018