PMID: 7938793Jul 1, 1994Paper

Audit of a complete home nebulizer service provided by a respiratory nurse specialist

Respiratory Medicine
I P HallI D Johnston


A retrospective audit was performed of a home nebulizer service managed entirely by a Respiratory Nurse Specialist (RNS). We examined (i) the role and workload of the RNS, (ii) the outcome of referrals to the service and (iii) the subsequent compliance with treatment of patients prescribed home nebulized bronchodilators. The case notes and RNS records of all patients referred for consideration of home nebulized bronchodilators over a 9-month period were reviewed. The nebulizer service encompassed patient assessment, trials of nebulized therapy, nebulizer tissue and patient registration and an exchange and servicing system. The non clerical aspects of the service took 9 h per week, 24% of total RNS time. A further 15 h weekly of clerical time was also required. Of 76 referrals, 57 (75%) patients had chronic airflow obstruction (CAO). In CAO patients, 41 had a trial of nebulized therapy and in 27 (66%) such therapy was considered beneficial. In the other 16 CAO patients the RNS deemed a trial inappropriate or impractical and 12 such patients were prescribed nebulized therapy. Overall, therefore 39/57 (68%) of CAO referrals were prescribed home nebulized therapy. At 3-6 months, seven (18%) patients were using their nebulizer infre...Continue Reading


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