- Spacer Chamber: The inhaler spacer is a tube-like chamber with one end connected to the MDI and the other end fitted with a mouthpiece or mask. It acts as an intermediary between the inhaler and the patient, allowing the medication to be stored and mixed with air before inhalation.
- Mask Attachment: The spacer comes with a soft and flexible mask that covers the patient’s nose and mouth, ensuring a secure seal during inhalation. The mask is available in different sizes to accommodate various age groups, from infants to adults.
- One-Way Valve: Some inhaler spacers with masks have a one-way valve integrated into the mask or mouthpiece. This valve prevents exhaled air from entering the spacer, ensuring that the patient inhales only the medication-laden aerosol.
- Visual Indicator: Some spacers feature a visual indicator that moves or changes color when the patient inhales correctly, providing feedback on proper inhalation technique.
- Transparent Chamber: Many inhaler spacers have a transparent chamber, allowing the patient or caregiver to see the medication mist entering the spacer, ensuring that the inhaler is properly activated.
- Easy to Clean: Inhaler spacers with masks are designed to be easy to clean and maintain, reducing the risk of contamination or cross-infection.
The Inhaler Spacer with Mask is primarily used in the following scenarios:
- Pediatric Patients: For infants and young children who may have difficulty using an inhaler effectively, the spacer with mask allows them to receive the medication more easily.
- Individuals with Limited Coordination: Some patients, such as the elderly or those with certain physical limitations, may find it challenging to coordinate the inhaler actuation and inhalation. The spacer with mask simplifies the process.
- Optimal Medication Delivery: Using an inhaler spacer with a mask ensures that the medication is inhaled more efficiently, reducing the likelihood of medication waste and improving drug delivery to the lungs.
- Reducing the Risk of Oral Thrush: Inhaled corticosteroids can increase the risk of oral thrush when deposited in the mouth during inhalation. The spacer with mask helps minimize this risk.
Inhaler spacers with masks are essential tools in asthma and respiratory management, providing a safe and effective means of delivering inhaled medications to patients of all ages, especially those who require assistance in using traditional inhalers.