What is the purpose of a spacer?

What is the purpose of a spacer?

A spacer, or holding chamber, is an attachment that should always be used with your inhaler. The spacer holds the medicine in place so you can breathe it in easier. If you have any further questions about inhalers, spacers or mouthpieces contact your doctor’s office, asthma care team or pharmacy.

What is the benefit of using a spacer?

A spacer gives someone more time to inhale, making the process simpler. It also reduces the need for coordination when pressing the inhaler and breathing in the medicine. Spacers extend the amount of time the inhaler takes to deliver medicine. This means that the lungs absorb the medicine more slowly and smoothly.

At what age should a spacer be used?

A spacer is recommended for any child who has difficulty squeezing the canister and inhaling at the right time (particularly children less than five to six years). Spacers are recommended for all children who use inhaled glucocorticoids.

Who needs a spacer?

Spacers should be used by: all children – kids aged under 4–5 years will need a mask attached. all adults taking a corticosteroid preventer medication (e.g. Flixotide, Symbicort) using an MDI/puffer. adults who have trouble coordinating the ‘press and breathe’ technique when using an MDI/puffer.

Who should use a spacer?

What is spacer device?

A spacer device will help. The spacer connects to the inhaler mouthpiece, and the medicine goes into the spacer tube first. This allows you to breathe in the medicine more easily. Using a spacer wastes a lot less medicine than spraying the medicine directly into your mouth.

How to use your spacer device?

Sit upright or stand

  • Remove the mouthpiece cover on the inhaler.
  • Check the inhaler works by spraying it into the air if you have not used it before or have not used it for some time
  • Insert the inhaler mouthpiece into the hole in the spacer device
  • Why is spacer used for inhalers?

    Selecting appropriate medications

  • Patient’s willingness to use medications
  • Developing a written asthma action plan to guide patients in self-management
  • Identifying asthma triggers
  • Implementing environmental measures to control allergies,irritants,and pollution when feasible
  • Why use a spacer with an inhaler?

    Sit your child on your lap,either sideways or facing away from you.

  • When you’ve finished,take the inhaler out of the spacer,and replace the caps on both.
  • If your child has used an inhaler that contains steroids,make sure they rinse their mouth out with water to help prevent side effects.
  • How to properly use a spacer with an inhaler?

    Prepare your inhaler and spacer: Remove the caps from your inhaler and spacer.

  • Get ready to breathe in the medicine: Keep your mouth away from the mouthpiece,and breathe out fully to clear your lungs.
  • Press down the canister and breathe in slowly.
  • Hold your breath for at least 5 seconds.
  • Breathe out slowly through pursed lips.