Research Article

Domiciliary nebulisers in asthma: a district survey.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 01 June 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:1611
  1. C M Laroche,
  2. A V Harries,
  3. R C Newton,
  4. M G Britton


    Fifty three patients who were found to be using a home nebuliser for asthma completed a questionnaire. The results showed some confusion about the criteria for recommending whether a patient should buy a nebuliser and for its correct use. Twelve patients had not received any instruction on the use of their nebuliser, and only 11 of those old enough used a peak flow meter in conjunction with it. Eight patients aged 7-15 were using inhaled sympathomimetic aerosols only at the time of buying a nebuliser as compared with most of the older patients, who were using regular oral steroids. Forty nine patients assessed their asthma as moderate to severe, but eight of these were not attending a hospital clinic. Several patients were using 20 mg salbutamol or more every day, and on occasion doses of up to 50 mg a day were reported. It is recommended that patients should be assessed before they buy a nebuliser and advice given on correct use by a district nebuliser service, organised either by respiratory function technicians or in physiotherapy departments for adults together with a paediatric health visitor for children.