How to Use a Metered Dose Inhaler with a Spacer in English (accent from USA)

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

Inhalers are used to get
medicine directly into your lungs. This helps you to breathe better,
with fewer side effects. In this cartoon we will teach you
how to use a metered dose inhaler, or MDI. An MDI usually works better
when used with a spacer. Spacers help you get the full
dose of medicine into your lungs. Spacers also help you avoid side effects. Using your inhaler correctly is one of the most important things
you can do to breathe better. Here are the steps
to use your inhaler correctly: Remove the caps
from the inhaler and spacer. Make sure that the
inhaler and the spacer are clean. Shake the inhaler well. Connect the inhaler into the spacer. Breathe out fully, away from the spacer to prevent moisture
from getting inside the spacer and MDI. Put the spacer in your mouth
and make a tight seal with your lips. Keep the spacer straight out in front of you. Press down on the inhaler only once
to spray the medication into the spacer. Breathe medicine
in slowly through your mouth until your lungs are full. Hold your breath for at least 5 seconds. Take the spacer out of your mouth. Breathe normally, away from the spacer and inhaler,
for 1 min. If you are prescribed
to take 2 or more puffs, wait a whole minute
before taking your next puff. Remember to follow
all the same steps for the next puff. After you finish using your medicine,
rinse your mouth and throat with water. This will help you
avoid side effects of the medicine. The most common mistakes people make
when using their inhaler are: Not breathing out fully
before using the medicine. Breathing out fully before using your medicine will help you get the full
dose of medicine into your lungs. Breathing in too quickly. After you press down on the inhaler you should breath in slowly
until your lungs are completely full. Clean both the MDI
and spacer at least once a week. First, take apart the inhaler and the spacer. Clean them both with warm soapy water
and then rinse them well. Let them air-dry fully
on a clean surface before re-using. Now let’s review all the steps
for using your inhaler correctly: Remove caps. Make sure inhaler and spacer are clean. Shake inhaler well. Connect inhaler to back of spacer. Breathe out fully, away from spacer. Put spacer into mouth. Press down on inhaler only once. Breathe medicine in slowly
until lungs are full. Hold breath for at least 5 seconds Take spacer out of mouth. Breathe normally for one minute. Follow the same steps for the next puff. Rinse your mouth and throat. Clean your inhaler once a week.

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