Administration of Inhaled Medications

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Course Credit

The following credits are available for this course:

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (MD, DO, NP, PA)0.5 hours
Contact Hours (Nurse)0.5 hours
CPE Credits (Pharmacist)0.5 hours
ABP Part II MOC (American Board of Pediatrics) Credits0.5 hours
ABIM MOC Part II (American Board of Internal Medicine) Credits0.5 hours
ABA MOC Part II (American Board of Anesthesia MOC) Credits0.5 hours

(Note: a course evaluation is required to receive credit for this course.)

Craig Smallwood, RRT

Clinical Coordinator of Respiratory Research, Boston Children’s Hospital

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.

Learning Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this educational program, learners will be able to:

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

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


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 carries a maximum of 0.5 contact hours. Pharmacists should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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 of 0.50 Risk Management Credit as prescribed by the Massachusetts Board of Registrations in Medicine and defined in 243 CMR 2.06(5)(d) I. 


Boston Children’s Hospital adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is Boston Children’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that Boston Children’s may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves, have reported the following 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
Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH
Kathleen Huth, MD
Dennis Daniel, MD
Sara Drumm, RN, CCRN
Brienne Leary, RN, BSN, CPON, CCRN
Liza Li, PharmD
Shannon Manzi, PharmD
Michele DeGrazia, PhD, RN, NNP, FAAN

Plagio LLC, Avon, MA – Royalty

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