Follow along as Precision Medical’s director of global hospital sales, Andy Brown, goes over how to properly use and care for PM’s Easy Air Pressure Compressor, also referred to as the PM15-P.
We are going to talk about setting up Precision Medical’s Easy Air Pressure compressor in two ways: small volume nebulization and large volume nebulization. On the table, we have displayed all necessary tools to step up the compressor either way. Along with the PM15-P, we have large volume nebulizers, a small volume nebulizer, a J bracket, disposable medical tubing nipples, and corrugated tubing. The PM15 is the perfect compressor because it can stack back-to-back nebulizer treatments.
Another handy accessory Precision Medical manufactures for the PM15-P is a flow gauge stem – this will help turn your pressure compressor into a flow compressor. You simply turn on the device, block the outlet of the device while turning the nob increasing the pressure to 50 psi, and place flow gauge onto the outlet. Then you can use the gauge to adjust the flow.
Setting Up and Using Your Device
Now, Andy will demonstrate how to set up and use the PM15-P compressor for small volume nebulization. Since this is a pressure compressor, we are going to translate a bit of pressure into flow. Typically, when doing small volume nebulization, the flow is somewhere between 8-10 liters per minute. The PM15-P with back flow and resistance creates about 13 liters per minute of maximum flow.
To prep the compressor, simply turn it on, unlace the nob, block the outlet, and increase the pressure to 20-30 psi. Then, we can place our medical tubing nipple on to the outlet of the compressor and hook up the oxygen tubing that comes with the small volume nebulizer to the tubing nipple. Finally, connect the nebulizer to the other end of the oxygen tubing and adjust the compressor until mist can be seen coming out of the nebulizer.
**Note, for small volume nebulization it is important to start the device before connecting the nebulizer.
Next, Andy will demonstrate how to use the PM15 pressure compressor for delivering large volume nebulizers. The appropriate equipment for the large volume nebulization is on the table: two different large nebulizers, corrugated tubing, and a J bracket.
First, screw on the J bracket to the compressor outlet. Then, turn on the compressor, block the J bracket outlet and adjust the compressor to 50psi. Once it’s properly adjusted, take the nebulizer and connect the nebulizer bottle to the J bracket. Then, check your humidification. There are two ways to adjust humidification with this set up: You can turn the volume on the compressor down or turn the collar of the nebulizer (in this case, the collar is the blue piece at the top of the nebulizer). Once you set the humidification and have the proper amount of mist, we can hook up our tubing and evaluate the mist coming out of the tube.
To get the most out of PM’s Easy Air Pressure Compressor, proper maintenance is important.
Check the two filters in the back of the unit. Make sure there are not dusty or dirty. You can simply remove them and dust them off daily. When they need to be properly cleaned, remove the filters and wash them with warm soap and water. Make sure they are fully dry before placing them back in the device.
You may purchase additional filters or other Easy Air Compressor accessories from Precision Medical.
Here are some precautions to be aware of:
- The compressor is meant to run for long periods of time and therefore might get warm to the touch. If you are unable to touch your compressor due to it overheating, turn it off and contact your provider.
- Do not block any of the airways and filers in the back of the compressor while using.
- It is meant run in room temperature. Do not leave it out in direct sunlight for too long or out in extreme cold weather.
- Do not place any liquids on top of the compressor because it will shake and may spill in unit.