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    Respiratory Care

    Nebulisers and compressors

    A nebuliser changes medication from a liquid to a mist so that it can be more easily inhaled into the lungs1.

      Kid with nebuliser

      What is nebuliser therapy?

      If you or your child has been prescribed liquid medications for inhalation, nebulisers are used to change the liquid into a fine mist which allows it to reach deep into the lungs where it can be most effective.

      What is a nebuliser?


      There are three types of nebuliser: jet, ultrasonic and mesh.

      What is a jet nebuliser?

      Jet nebuliser

      The nebuliser is the part of the system that changes the medication into a fine mist. The compressor provides a flow of air to the nebuliser, enabling it to create the mist.

      The SideStream nebulisers are highly efficient and can be used to nebulise most commonly prescribed respiratory medications.

      What is an ultrasonic nebuliser?

      Ultrasonic nebuliser
      Ultrasonic waves pass through a reservoir of water driving energy through the drug to create the aerosol. They are not suitable for all commonly prescribed medications.

      What is a mesh nebuliser?

      Mesh nebuliser
      The vibrating mesh pulls the drug through the microscopic holes in the mesh, which creates the aerosol.

      SideStream and SideStream Plus  technology


      SideStream nebulisers are proven to consistently deliver a high-quality aerosol.4


      Our SideStream Plus diamond jet technology is combined with a low-resistance valve to boost aerosol delivery, so your medication is delivered with easier inhalation using less pressure.


      Replace after 2 weeks of use.

      Replace after 12 months of use.

      The importance of particle size

      Grain of sand particle

      Grain of sand

      (90 microns)

      Human hair particle

      Human hair

      (50 microns)

      Aerosol particle

      Aerosol particle

      (5 microns)

      The fine mist created by a nebuliser is made up of thousands of particles. The particles that make up the mist are so small that they are measured in microns (µm) which is equal to a thousandth of a millimeter. To travel deep into the lungs, the particles that are inhaled need to be within the size range of 1 and 5 µm5. This is extremely small when you consider that the average "human hair" is around 50 µm. If the particles are not less than 5 µm it is unlikely that they will reach the lungs where they can be most effective.

      What is a compressor?


      The compressor is a pump that draws in air and blows it out at high pressure into the jet or ultrasonic nebuliser to produce a fine mist of medication that can be inhaled.

      A compressor is electrically powered by the power outlet in your home or, if it is a portable compressor, it may also have a separate battery or charger.

      How to use care and clean the Philips SideStream nebulisers and InnoSpire Compressors

      * Disposable nebulizer piece is not supplied with the unit in Australia, only used in hospitals.
      Innospire go

      InnoSpire Go

      Portable mesh nebuliser

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      Delivers medication in as little as 4 minutes3.
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      Sleek, streamlined design and easy operation
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      Virtually silent delivery of medication, at home or on the go
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      Simple two-part construction for easy cleaning
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      Built-in rechargeable battery delivers up to 30 treatments (120 minutes of use) per charge
      Fast, effective and easy to use, the Philips InnoSpire Go portable mesh nebuliser is designed to shorten treatment time by 25%2, so your medication can be delivered in as little as four minutes3. Virtually silent, InnoSpire Go is small, portable, discreet and can be used anywhere.
      How to use InnoSpire Go
      See InnoSpire Go and learn how it works
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      Jet nebuliser
      InnoSpire Go portable mesh nebuliser features Aerogen Vibronic® mesh, the same vibrating mesh technology used in hospitals worldwide for use at home. When turned on, the device vibrates the mesh, drawing the liquid medicine through approximately 1,000 precision-formed microscopic holes and creating a fine aerosol mist. Medication reaches deep into your lungs, where it's most needed and most effective. Mesh nebulisers are highly efficient and can be used to nebulise most commonly prescribed respiratory medications.

      Information on this website is information only and should not replace the advice of a physician.

      [1] webmd.com. Asthma/guide/home-nebuliser-therapy#1. Accessed October 2017. 

      [2] Versus predecessor Aeroneb Go. 

      [3] Using 2.5ml Salbutamol

      [4] Shah P.L, Scott S.F., Geddes D.M., Conway S., Watson A., Nazir T., Carr S.B., Wallis C., Marriott C., Hodson. M.E. An evaluation of two aerosol delivery systems for rhDNase. European Respiratory Journal, 1997 10; 1261-1266. 

      [5] ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. PMC/articles/PMC1765861/pdf/v052p000S4.pdf