Explaining Inhalers – Interpretation
19
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , /


PHARMACIST: Your prescriptions are all set.
I would like to just go through this quickly. First of all, explain the importance of using
your controller, the Advair. It helps prevent your asthma, the symptoms
from occurring, so that you’ll be using less of the Albuterol inhaler. It’s healthier for your lungs to control
the asthma. INTERPRETER: Well I have a question about
that.. PHARMACIST: (overlap) Yes? INTERPRETER: Do I have to use that everyday?
Or… PHARMACIST: You need to use this everyday.
One puff in the morning and one puff in the evening. Okay? INTERPRETER: What if I forget? PHARMACIST: Then just, if you forget a dose,
it’s not a big deal. But try and remember. It will just help keep your asthma under control.
So… INTERPRETER: So, I need to have both of them
with me all the time? PHARMACIST: You don’t need to carry this
one. You can take a dose in the morning before
you go to school or work. Uh, and you can take a dose in the evening
before you go to bed. This one you should have with you at all times. INTERPRETER: Okay. Alright. Can you show me
how that other one works? That, uh, that Advair? PHARMACIST: Sure, sure. You open it up. There’s
a little trigger here. There’s powder in here. When you pull this trigger, it breaks open
the capsule of powder. And then, you inhale the powder very strongly. Hold your breath for a few seconds, and then
slowly exhale. INTERPRETER: So, can I do it? PHARMACIST: Certainly. INTERPRETER: Is that it? That’s all I have
to do? PHARMACIST: Make sure you hold your breath
for a few seconds if you can, and then slowly exhale. INTERPRETER: Okay. PHARMACIST: Then it is important that you
rinse your mouth out, uh, just swish it with some water and then spit that out after you’ve
used your inhaler, this one. INTERPRETER: Okay. PHARMACIST: Okay? INTERPRETER: Thanks. PHARMACIST: How are you with this one? Is
your technique okay? INTERPRETER: I feel like it’s okay. I just
use it. PHARMACIST: (overlap) You think it’s okay? PHARMACIST: Okay. Well, maybe we’ll just
go over this quickly as long as you’re here just to make sure you’re getting the full
use out of this. Do you always shake it before you use it? INTERPRETER: Um, yeaaah. PHARMACIST: Okay. Give it a good shake. Um, I’m going to give you this extender
to put on the end of it because it helps get the mist in the lungs as opposed to just hitting
the back of your throat. Or sometimes people miss all together. So,
a little bit easier if you use this. Give it a shake before you use it. (breath)
Exhale. Put your mouth there. Give it a squirt. And then immediately (breath) inhale. Hold
it a few seconds and then slowly exhale. PHARMACIST: Shake it. PHARMACIST: Yes, INTERPRETER: Put the extender on it…. Let
me do it….And then I press it down. PHARMACIST: Yes. INTERPRETER: Take it in, hold it, and then
exhale it. PHARMACIST: Yes, yes. And if you’re using
two puffs at a time, usually people use two puffs. If you can wait a minute between puffs, the
first one starts to work, and then the second one gets in a bit deeper. So it works a little bit better. INTERPRETER: Oh, yeah, usually I was doing
two times really quick. PHARMACIST: Okay. It will work better if you
wait. INTERPRETER: Yeah, I was just so busy that
I would do it two times and.. PHARMACIST: (overlap) I think you’ll find
if you’re using this, you’ll have less need to use that. INTERPRETER: Okay. PHARMACIST: Okay. INTERPRETER: Well, thanks. PHARMACIST: You’re welcome. We’ll just
put this in a bag for you and we’ll be all set to go. INTERPRETER: Alright.


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