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Aerosol and Tracheostomy Masks

Home Aerosol Masks

If your child is discharged on an aerosol mask, you will have the following equipment delivered to your home in addition to your oxygen system:

  • Air compressor
  • Nebulizer jar with an air entrainment device
  • Two liter drainage bag
  • Corrugated "blue" tubing
  • Aerosol masks
  • Oxygen adapter

Distilled water is used to fill the nebulizer jar to create the mist for humidification. The nebulizer jar is attached to one of the oxygen systems and the air entrainment device. Oxygen is then "bled-in" using an oxygen adapter. You will need to dial the appropriate setting to create the percentage of oxygen that has been prescribed for your child.

For aerosol set-ups, the home care company will use an oxygen analyzer in your home to verify oxygen percent delivered. A chart with compressor flow and oxygen flow to get the specific oxygen percentage should be provided by your home care agency.

Tracheostomy Collar/Masks

If your child is discharged home with a tracheostomy collar, you will have the following oxygen delivery equipment delivered to your home in addition to the oxygen system:

  • Air compressor
  • Nebulizer jar with an air entrainment device
  • Corrugated "blue" tubing
  • Water drainage bags
  • Heater (used in children up to 10 years of age)
  • Tracheostomy collar/masks
  • Oxygen adapter to "bleed-in" oxygen into the tracheostomy collar/mask
  • Venturi transport device for trips outside of the home

Distilled water is used to fill the nebulizer jar to create the mist for humidification. The nebulizer jar is attached to the air compressor and the air entrainment device. Oxygen will be "bled-in" using an adapter. You will need to dial the appropriate setting to create the percentage of oxygen that has been prescribed for your child.