How to Nebulize Quicker and Improve Your Life

It is estimated that about 6.5 million Americans are living with tracheostomies. For those people, their nose and mouth no longer filters, warms and moisturizes the air they breathe. They have to nebulize to put that Nebulizer moisture back into their respiratory system and keep the tissue healthy. It’s a time-consuming process and many simply don’t properly humidify their nose and mouth. But what if you could nebulize in half the time? That’s now possible.

A new respiratory care device, called The Wright Mask, allows trach patients to simultaneously nebulize their upper and lower respiratory systems. Dean Wright’s story is just one example of why this is so important.

Dean had to have a trach after he was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in the Fall of 2000. Dean and his wife, Vivian, both knew he needed to nebulize, to keep his nose and mouth and his trach moist. But Dean hated it. It was a laborious process, and it took time. A lot of time. Thirty minutes five times a day to humidify his nose and mouth. Then another 30 minutes five times a day to humidify the trach. It added up to 10 sessions and five hours a day. Eventually, Dean stopped humidifying his nose and mouth.

“Later,” he would tell Vivian whenever she would remind him to humidify.

Thick mucus clogged Dean’s mouth and his trach. His breathing was labored.

Then, on an airplane 10,000 feet above Miami, Dean started choking. A piece of dried tissue had gotten into Dean’s trach and clogged the tube. Vivian was helpless to do anything as Dean gasped for air. Finally, the jolt of the plane’s wheels hitting the tarmac dislodged the tissue. But Dean had to be hospitalized for 48 hours of inpatient nebulization.

“Never again,” Vivian swore when she brought Dean home from the hospital.

In her own home that night, Vivian figured out how to connect both the face and tracheostomy masks to allow Dean to simultaneously nebulize his nose and mouth and his trach site. Dean was so happy he cried the first time he tried it.

Before Dean died in 2002, he made Vivian promise she would patent her invention and make it available to other trach patients.

The Wright Mask hit the market in January, with versions for adults and children. It promises to be a life-enhancing device for trach and laryngectomy patients worldwide.

Why nebulizing is important:
o Thins secretions and mucous, making it easier to expel pulmonary secretions.
o Makes coughing easier while lessening the need to cough.
o Keeps your windpipe and trachea lining and tracheostomy stoma moist and healthy.
o Moistens the air that goes into your lungs.
o Hydrates and moisturizes your nasal passages, mouth and throat.

What happens if you don’t nebulize:
o Trachea, stoma, nose and mouth tissues dry out.
o Mucus becomes thick and secretions become sticky and stringy.
o Dry orifice tissue is vulnerable to splitting and bleeding from lack of moisture.
o Bleeding from dry orifice tissue is compromises airway passages and is corrosive to the lungs, esophagus and throat.
o Dry tissue can become lodged in orifices. Expulsion of dry tissue, thick mucus and stringy secretions is difficult and painful.
o Pneumonia is a possibility if mucus and secretions are not expelled.
o Tissue around the stoma dries, crystallizes and hardens to the trach tube from lack of hydration.
o Hospital stays up to 48 hours may be necessary to properly hydrate dried out tissue again.

But conventional nebulizing takes 15 steps and two masks. That’s why patients like Dean frequently take shortcuts or quit altogether. The Wright Mask offers an efficient and effective alternative to that. The Wright nebulizing process only takes eight steps and one mask. It’s this simple:

o Place the face mask over your nose and mouth and place the tracheostomy mask over your tracheostomy stoma.
o Fill the medicant container.
o Adjust the dents in mask tubes to fit your face.
o Adjust neck straps for comfort.
o Connect double-face mask tube to the nebulizing machine.
o Turn the machine on.
o After 30 minutes of nebulizing the nose, mouth and tracheostomy simultaneously, remove masks.
o Turn the machine off.

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