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Students' Perspectives on Nebulized Drugs and Nebulizer Maintenance

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The geriatric population experiences a variety of respiratory concerns including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and lower respiratory infections. Treating these illnesses often requires the use of inhaled therapies that can be delivered through multiple modalities, each of which carries its own pros and cons unique to its use in the geriatric population. Pharmacists have an opportunity to play a role in optimizing the selection of delivery devices and in providing patient and provider education on appropriate use of inhaled therapies. Through patient counseling and correct device selection, patient outcomes can be improved. This paper explores the differences among devices, provides specific information regarding drug mixing for nebulization, provides information regarding cleaning/maintenance of nebulizers, and addresses specific concerns related to geriatric care. It can serve as a reference for pharmacists and student pharmacists as they educate patients and providers.
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Keywords: GERIATRICS; INFECTION CONTROL; NEBULIZER; NEBULIZER MAINTENANCE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 2017

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  • The Consultant Pharmacist® is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. It is dedicated exclusively to the medication needs of the elderly in all settings, including adult day care, ambulatory care, assisted living, community, hospice, and nursing facilities. This award-winning journal is a member benefit of ASCP. Individuals who are not members and wish to receive The Consultant Pharmacist® will want to consider joining ASCP.
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