What To Expect
Should a patient come in with difficulty breathing, we may place the patient on medication which is administered as a mist by a device called a Nebulizer. The patient inhales this mist medication thru a plastic mouth piece similar to "Popeye's Pipe" or a face mask. In approximately 20 minutes, this medication, which coats the bronchioles (tubes) of the lungs, will dilate and open these constricted bronchial tubes and resolve the patient’s pulmonary symptoms.
The patient may be asked to breathe into a spirometer in order to determine the effect of the nebulized medication. This will show how open or constricted the airways are subsequent to the nebulized treatment. Though not common, patient may experience a rapid or "jumpy" heart beat or jitteriness. We consider this side effect acceptable....NOT ABLE TO BREATHE or TO STOP COUGHING is NOT ACCEPTABLE ! !