Help Centre: FAQs about Aerogen Pro

Aerogen Pro


How do I clean the Aerogen Pro?

The Aerogen Pro can be cleaned, disinfected, and sterilized. Always clean, disinfect or sterilize in accordance with the current hospital protocols. Please see the Aerogen Pro Instruction manual for more information21.




How long can I use the Aerogen Pro?

The Aerogen Pro system is designed to be reusable and the nebulizer is expected to last for approximately 1 year of a typical usage of 4 treatments per day and one sterilization per week where the device is assumed to be used for 50% of the time. Refer to your local distributor regarding warranty details.




How do you remove residue in the chamber after nebulization of viscous drugs?

In order to remove any residues of viscous drugs you can nebulize a few drops of saline.




What brands or models of ventilators can use the Aerogen Pro?

The Aerogen Pro can be used with any brand or model of ventilator.




How much medication is left at the end of a treatment?

Medication left in the nebulizer at the end of the treatment is minimal: < 0.1ML21.




How much medication can be given at one time?

The medication cup can hold up to 10mL of medication.




How long does it take to deliver a unit dose?

The flow rate of the Aerogen Pro is > 0.2ml/min with an average of 0.4ml/min. For a standard 3ml dose this would therefore take 7 minute 30 seconds21.




What medications can the Aerogen Pro deliver?

The Aerogen Pro can nebulize physician-prescribed medications for inhalation which are approved for use with a general purpose nebulizer. For more information on specific drugs and dosages please contact our Clinical team: In US/Canada : MedicalScience@aerogen.com or Rest of world: msl@aerogen.com.




Can we use multiple types of drug in the same Aerogen Pro?

You don’t need a different Aerogen Pro to nebulise different drugs but when nebulising viscous drugs you may need to add a few drops of saline to clear the mesh before nebulising the next drug. Always refer to the drug manufacturer’s guidelines t before combining drugs for nebulisation.




Should I adjust the drug dosage as I’m using the Aerogen Pro?

The Aerogen Pro can be used to nebulize all physician prescribed drugs approved for use with a general purpose nebulizer. Aerogen Ltd cannot provide specific advice on medication dose as it does not have regulatory approvals for drug/device combinations at this time. Information on drug dosing with specific nebulizers must be sourced from the manufacturer’s approved prescribing information for the inhaled formulation, bearing in mind published clinical research examining the efficiency of the different nebulizer technologies in terms of delivering therapeutic/effective drug levels in the lungs for specific medications. Should you require information regarding published clinical research for nebulization of specific medications with Aerogen’s devices then please contact our Clinical team directly at medicalscience@aerogen.com (US)/Canada msl@aerogen.com (Rest of world).
It is recognised that physicians prescribe medications for nebulization that are not approved for use with a general purpose nebulizer based on their perceived clinical need and the risk: benefit ratio for the patient. This is classified as ‘off label’ use of those products and Aerogen Ltd cannot and does not promote ‘off label’ use of its devices.




Can the Aerogen Pro be used with a mouthpiece or aerosol mask?

Yes, the Aerogen Pro can be connected to a mouthpiece using the adult T-piece. An aerosol mask can be connected by using the vented elbow and face mask elbow which are provided in the Aerogen Pro mask kit. Masks and mouthpieces are not included.




How quiet is the Aerogen Pro?

The Aerogen Pro is virtually silent. The noise level is less than 35dB measured at 0.3m distance.




How does the efficiency of nebulisation of drugs with the Aerogen Pro compare to standard nebulizers?

The Aerogen Pro provides improved drug dose compared to standard jet nebulizer during mechanical ventilation1 and NIV18.




How do I get replacement parts?

Contact your local Aerogen Pro Distributor.



References

1.Ari A, Areabi H and Fink JB. Evaluation of aerosol generator devices at 3 locations in humidified and non- humidified circuits during adult mechanical ventilation. Respiratory care. 2010;55:837-44.18.Abdelrahim ME, Plant P and Chrystyn H. In-vitro characterisation of the nebulized dose during non-invasive ventilation. The Journal of pharmacy and pharmacology. 2010;62:966-72.21.Aerogen Pro System Instruction Manual. Aerogen Ltd. Part No. AG-AP1080 P/N 30-040