Administration of Inhaled Medications

Administration of Inhaled Medications

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In support of improving patient care, Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for the healthcare team.


Boston Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. AAPA accepts AMA category 1 credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 0.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, 0.5 with the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, and 0.5 with the American Board of Anesthesiology Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®). It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.

Risk Management

Administration of Inhaled Medications meets the requirements for 0.5 Risk Management Credits as prescribed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and defined in 243 CMR 2.06(5)(d) I.


Boston Children’s Hospital designates this activity for 0.5 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity (JA0008063-0000-18-076-H01-P) carries a maximum of 0.5 contact hours.


This course reviews the administration of inhaled and nebulized medications, including necessary equipment, indications for use, technique, potential complications and monitoring. The course is intended for physicians, nurses and pharmacists who provide care for infants and children that may require inhalation therapy. It addresses the need for improved healthcare provider education on the administration of inhaled medications. Informed healthcare providers will be able to better assess and provide effective treatment to pediatric patients who require inhaled or nebulized medications are part of their clinical care.

Instructional Time

30 minutes

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists

Expiration Dates

  • Approved: November 5, 2018
  • Released: November 7, 2018
  • Expires: November 5, 2020

Course Format

Self-paced, using text and video, with post-test assessments. Requires 80% or higher score to earn CME credit. Online course assessment. Requires Safari (v6 or higher), Chrome (v38 or higher), Internet Explorer (v11 or higher), or Firefox (v23 or higher).

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe devices used to administer inhaled and nebulized medications.
  • List indications and contraindications for administration of inhaled medications.
  • Identify equipment required to deliver nebulized or inhaled medications to pediatric patients of varying ages, sizes and developmental levels.
  • Describe the steps involved in administering a nebulizer and metered dose inhaler to optimize medication delivery.
  • Discuss appropriate cleaning of aerosol delivery equipment.
  • Discuss appropriate clinical monitoring and documentation after administration of inhaled medications.


Craig Smallwood, RRT

Clinical Coordinator of Respiratory Research, Boston Children's Hospital


In accordance with the disclosure policy of Boston Children's Hospital and the standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, course planners, speakers and content reviewers list below any relevant relationships they or their spouse/partner have to companies producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients.

Instructor Disclosures

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients:

Craig Smallwood, RRT

Content Reviewers

No disclosures to report:

Alexandra Coffin, MSN, CCRN, ACCNS-BC; Michele DeGrazia, PhD, RN, NNP, FAAN; Sara Drumm, RN, CCRN; Emily Hamilton, MSN; Kathleen Huth, MD; Liza Li, PharmD; Shannon Manzi, PharmD; Meaghan Muir; Bethany Vieira, MBA; Julie Ecker, BA; Dennis Daniel, MD; Jessica White, PharmD; Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH; Jeffrey Burns, MD, MPH

Commercial and Financial Support Disclosure

This program receives no commercial support.