How to Use an Aerochamber® with Mask
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October

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


This device is called an Aerochamber with
a mask. The Aerochamber is a type of holding chamber. A holding chamber is often used with a Metered-Dose
Inhaler. It can be difficult to use a Metered-Dose
Inhaler correctly, especially for young children. The Aerochamber with a mask is helpful for
young children who can’t yet inhale the medication and hold their breath. The Metered-Dose Inhaler often needs to be
primed before using the first dose. Priming is spraying a number of doses into
the air. Check the package insert that comes with the
inhaler to see how to prime that inhaler. When you are ready to take a dose of the medication,
remove the cap from the inhaler. Look for foreign objects in the inhaler and
in the Aerochamber. Put the inhaler mouthpiece into the wider
rubber end of the Aerochamber. Shake your inhaler and the Aerochamber really
well. Hold the mask to the child’s face so that
both the nose and the mouth are covered. Press the inhaler once. Watch the child breathe in and out 6 times. The mask has an escalation valve that is colorful. This often is helpful to watch to count the
6 breaths. Repeat for each dose you’ve been told to
take. To find out when your inhaler is empty, check
the metal canister on the Metered-Dose Inhaler. There are more puffs of propellant in the
inhaler than puffs of medication so it’s important to stop using the inhaler when you
run out of medication. Don’t wait until you run out of propellant. You will need to keep track of how many puffs
you are using to get a new device before you finish the current device. Clean the Aerochamber weekly. To clean the Aerochamber, take off the rubber-sealed
end, soak the Aerochamber and that rubber end in warm water with detergent. Move both pieces around gently in the water. Do not put the Aerochamber in the dishwasher, rinse the Aerochamber with clean water, shake off the excess water, dry both pieces
standing up until they’re completely dry. Do not rub the inside of the Aerochamber. Replace the back rubber piece. Check the package insert to see how to clean
the Metered-Dose Inhaler, this varies depending on the medication in the inhaler. Keep the cap on the inhaler after each use
to stay clean.


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