In research and in clinical practice, the use of nebulizers is often an inconsistent undertaking. Many physicians lack a full understanding of the basic scientific principles of nebulizer therapy, and results published from many clinical studies are impossible to reproduce due to variations in nebulizer systems and usage. In an effort to standardize nebulizer treatment in clinical practice, Practical Handbook of Nebulizer Therapy provides hands-on guidance for frontline healthcare professionals Written for hospital doctors, GPs, nurses, respiratory physiotherapists, and respiratory technicians, this book includes chapters by expert physicians in respiratory medicine, as well as representatives from nebulizer equipment manufacturers and the pharmaceutical industry. The text focuses on three main areas: technical information, including theory, science, and quality control; clinical applications, including chapters on the use of these devices in individual conditions; and practical considerations such as maintenance, choice of device, and education.
W ith a user-friendly format that allows quick access to specific aspects of nebulizer treatment, this book is a convenient reference for respiratory healthcare professionals.
Table of Contents
TECHNICALTheory and Science of Nebulizer Use/Clinical ImplicationsEvaluating Nebulizer PerformanceRecent Developments and Likely Future DevelopmentsCLINICALAcute AsthmaChronic Stable Asthma and COPDSpecial ApplicationsNebulized Antibiotics in CF and BronchiectasisOther Nebulized Medications in CF and BronchiectasisDiagnostic Use of NebulizersPediatric Uses of NebulizersUses of Nebulizers in Primary Care: Issues and ChallengesPRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONSPractical Use (Cleaning Procedure, Microbiological Risks, etc.)Choice of Device, Purchase Procedure and Running a Local Nebulizer UnitEducation and Staff TrainingSummary and Guidelines for Use
Jacob Boe is Professor, Department of Thoracic Medicine, Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway. He is Past-President of the ERS and Co-Chairman of the ERS Nebulizer Task Force. B. Ronan O'Driscoll, BSc, MD, FRCP, is Consultant Respiratory Physician, Cardiorespiratory Medicine, Hope Hospital, Salford, UK. He is Co-Chairman of the ERS Nebulizer Task Force. He has published several papers on clinical uses of nebulized therapy. John H. Dennis, PhD, MSc, BSc, MBIOH, DipOccHyg is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Hygiene and Pollution Science, Department of Environmental Medicine, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK. He is Co-Chairman of the ERS Nebulizer Task Force.