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Thursday 01 June 2006

Heliox-driven albuterol nebulization for asthma exacerbations: an overview.

By: Kim IK, Saville AL, Sikes KL, Corcoran TE.

Respir Care 2006 Jun;51(6):613-8

Our understanding of albuterol nebulization driven by helium-oxygen mixture (heliox) has matured with recent advances in clinical therapy, delivery systems, and understanding of dosing; this has led to substantial improvements in delivery as well as refinements of research protocols for asthma exacerbations. This review begins with heliox inhalation therapy and then addresses heliox as a driving gas for nebulization. Technical considerations are reviewed, including optimal gas mixtures, flow-rate adjustment factors, and nebulizer setup.

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