Community survey of home nebulizer technique by elderly people

Age Ageing. 1995 Jul;24(4):276-7. doi: 10.1093/ageing/24.4.276.


To determine the prevalence and nature of difficulties elderly subjects experience using home nebulizers we have studied all patients in the Leeds Health District aged 70 years and older loaned a nebulizer from the hospital for at least 6 months. Of 42 subjects with a nebulizer, 40 (95%) agreed to assessment. They had a mean age of 79 years (range 70-84 years) and mean duration of nebulizer use of 38 months (range 6-120 months). Twenty subjects had one or more problems with 14/40 (35%) rated as moderate or severe; difficulties with cleaning 16/40 (40%) and filling 7/40 (18%) were the most frequent; 13/40 (33%) were sometimes or always dependent on their carers to administer their nebulizers. Elderly subjects often experience practical difficulties, or require help from a carer, when using a home nebulizer.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / classification
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Female
  • Geriatric Assessment*
  • Home Nursing
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / rehabilitation*
  • Male
  • Nebulizers and Vaporizers*