Here are general instructions for using a metered dose inhaler and spacer. Remove the mouthpiece cover and place the spacer over the mouthpiece at the end of the inhaler. Put your lips and teeth over the spacer and breathe in slowly. After inhaling, remove the spacer from your mouth and hold your breath for up to 10 seconds. As you do so, squeeze the top of the canister once. If you need another dose of medication, repeat the previous steps. Your inhaler may come with slightly different instructions. When putting back together spacers that have removable valves (such as Breath-A-Tech), ensure the four holes in the valve fit over the location pegs. Spare valves can be purchased from your local pharmacy. Replace your child’s spacer about once a year if they you use it every day. Buy a new one straight away if the spacer breaks or cracks. What should I do if my child needs to use the spacer again if it is still wet after washing? You should never wipe a spacer dry – wiping the spacer creates static electricity inside the chamber, making the medicine stick to the side walls and not enter the lungs effectively. It is a good idea to always have a spare spacer and not wash both at the same time. Don't wash the spacer during an asthma attack so that it is readily available if needed. Use the puffer directly instead while waiting for the spacer to drip dry. Developed by The Royal Children's Hospital General Medicine department.
Note: children under 5 use an inhaler (puffer) with small volume spacer. Using a spacer ensures that much more of the medication gets down into the lungs compared to using the puffer without a spacer. Spacers work just as well as a nebuliser and they are cheaper and easier to carry around. Most children do not need a nebuliser (an electric device that converts liquid asthma medication into a fine mist) at home. Less of the medicine gets stuck in the mouth and throat when a spacer is used. This helps to cut down the risk of side effects in the mouth and throat such as thrush, hoarse voice and a sore throat when using steroid puffers. This makes the medication stick to the inside of the spacer, so not as much medicine goes down into the lungs. To get rid of the static, spacers should be washed when they are ﬁrst bought, and then every month. If you use your inhaler the wrong way, less medicine gets to your lungs. Then you take 2 deep breaths to get the medicine into your lungs. The steps below tell you how to take your medicine with a spacer. The inhaled medicine goes into the spacer tube first. DO NOT put your canister in water to see if it is empty. Using a spacer wastes a lot less medicine than spraying the medicine into your mouth. Ask your doctor which spacer is best for you or your child. Look at the hole where the medicine sprays out of your inhaler. If you see powder in or around the hole, clean your inhaler. First, remove the metal canister from the L-shaped plastic mouthpiece. Keep an eye on the counter and replace the inhaler before you run out of medicine. National Asthma Education and Prevention Program website.
Nov 10, 2017. The main advantage of an inhaler spacer is that it helps control your intake of asthma medication. We'll explain how to use one, other benefits. Instructions on using Spacer Devices What is a spacer? Why use a spacer? Instructions on priming and maintaining a spacer Instructions for use Did you know?