The Asthma Metered-dose Inhaler (MDI) Spacer Device is a tube-like chamber that has a mouthpiece and a mask at one end and at the other end – a cavity for inserting the inhaler (medicine dispenser).
- It is used to hold and deliver medication via inhalation more effectively.
- The medication is first pumped into this spacer and then breathed into the lungs.
- There are 3 face mask sizes to suit Adults, Children and Infants who have difficulty co-ordinating the inhalation directly from the Inhaler.
- Diameter of mask : 5cm (Infant), 7cm(Child), 9cm(Adult)
- Height of Device with mask attached : 17.5cm
- Attach the mask to the front of the Spacer device tightly.
- Shake the MDI a few times while holding it upright, then insert the mouthpiece of the MDI into the back of the Spacer.
- Sit upright on a chair and straighten the back, then breathe out as much as possible.
- Put the mouthpiece of the Spacer into your mouth and close your lips around it to make a tight seal.
- Press down the MDI once firmly with the index or middle finger to release a spray of the medicine.
- Take a slow and deep breathe, hold your breath for 5 to 10 seconds and then breathe out slowly.
- If the person is not able to inhale slowly and deeply, hold the Spacer in place for 6 slow normal breaths
Care for the device:
- Wash the Spacer device once a week using warm, slightly soapy water.
- Drip dry.
- Do not rinse or wipe dry with a towel (either cloth or paper).
- This is to reduce the electrostatic charge and also prevent the introduction of lint, paper or dust that will stick to the inside of the Spacer. It will reduce the possibility of the medicine sticking to inside of the Spacer too.