How to Use Your Handihaler
11
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , /


NARRATOR: SOME PEOPLE
WITH BREATHING PROBLEMS NEED TO INHALE MEDICINE
INTO THEIR LUNGS. INHALED MEDICINES
CAN BE DELIVERED BY A DEVICE CALLED A “NEBULIZER” OR BY A VARIETY OF DEVICES
CALLED “INHALERS.” THIS VIDEO WILL SHOW YOU HOW
TO USE ONE DRY POWDER INHALER CALLED THE HANDIHALER. THE HANDIHALER DELIVERS
A MEDICINE CALLED TIOTROPIUM, WHICH IS ALSO KNOWN AS SPIRIVA. THE TIOTROPIUM HANDIHALER
IS USED FOR A LUNG DISEASE CALLED CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE
PULMONARY DISEASE, OR COPD. THIS INHALER WILL HELP
PREVENT BRONCHOSPASM. THIS IS A NARROWING
OF THE AIRWAYS THAT HAPPENS WITH COPD. IT ALSO WILL REDUCE
COPD-RELATED FLARE-UPS, SUCH AS COUGHING, WHEEZING,
OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH. AND IT WILL HELP YOUR LUNGS
WORK BETTER, SO YOU’LL BE ABLE
TO BREATHE EASIER. REMEMBER THAT THE HANDIHALER
IS NOT A RESCUE INHALER. RESCUE INHALERS GIVE RELIEF
RIGHT AWAY TO SOMEONE WHO IS HAVING
A SUDDEN BREATHING PROBLEM. YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST
CAN TELL YOU MORE ABOUT RESCUE INHALERS
IF YOU NEED ONE. WHEN YOU GET YOUR HANDIHALER, CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATE TO MAKE SURE THE MEDICINE
ISN’T EXPIRED. THE HANDIHALER COMES
IN ONE PIECE. THERE’S A CAP THAT PROTECTS
THE HANDIHALER FROM DUST OR LINT, THE MOUTHPIECE THAT
THE MEDICINE COMES OUT OF, THERE’S THE BASE,
THE CENTER CHAMBER, AND THE PIERCING BUTTON,
WHICH IS GREEN. TO USE THE HANDIHALER, CAREFULLY REMOVE ONE CAPSULE
FROM THE PACK. FOLD THE FOIL
WHERE THE ARROW SHOWS YOU TO, AND PEEL IT BACK SO YOU CAN
TAKE OUT THE CAPSULE. DON’T CUT THE FOIL
OR USE A SHARP INSTRUMENT TO TAKE THE CAPSULE
OUT OF THE PACK. THAT COULD DAMAGE THE CAPSULE. REMEMBER, THESE CAPSULES
SHOULD NOT BE SWALLOWED. THEY’RE FOR USE ONLY
IN THE HANDIHALER. PUT JUST ONE CAPSULE
INTO THE HANDIHALER. TO DO THIS, PRESS
THE GREEN PIERCING BUTTON. THIS RELEASES THE DUST CAP. LIFT THE MOUTHPIECE TO REVEAL
THE CENTER CHAMBER, PLACE THE MEDICINE CAPSULE
IN THE CHAMBER, THEN CLOSE THE MOUTHPIECE. YOU’LL BE ABLE
TO FEEL AND HEAR A CLICK WHEN THE MOUTHPIECE IS IN PLACE. THE DUST CAP REMAINS OPEN. HOLD THE HANDIHALER DEVICE
POINTING UP. PUSH THE GREEN PIERCING
BUTTON AGAIN, THEN RELEASE IT. THIS PUNCHES HOLES
IN THE CAPSULE SO THE MEDICINE IS READY
TO BREATHE IN. HOLD THE HANDIHALER UPRIGHT
AND TRY NOT TO SHAKE IT. BREATHE IN DEEPLY,
THEN BREATHE OUT, MAKING AS MUCH ROOM
IN YOUR LUNGS AS YOU CAN. LIFT THE INHALER TO YOUR MOUTH AND PLACE YOUR LIPS TIGHTLY
AROUND THE MOUTHPIECE. BE CAREFUL NOT TO COVER
THE AIR HOLES. NOW BREATHE IN DEEPLY
UNTIL YOU HAVE A FULL BREATH. HOLD YOUR BREATH FOR 10 SECONDS
OR AS LONG AS YOU CAN. TAKE THE MOUTHPIECE OUT
OF YOUR MOUTH, THEN EXHALE SLOWLY. THEN REPEAT THE PROCESS
ONE MORE TIME, USING THE SAME CAPSULE
ALREADY INSIDE THE HANDIHALER. THIS IS JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE INHALED
ALL OF THE MEDICINE. AND THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT. OPEN THE MOUTHPIECE AND TIP OUT
THE USED CAPSULE, WITHOUT TOUCHING IT, INTO THE TRASH CAN. THE ONLY THING LEFT TO DO
IS CLEAN THE HANDIHALER. LOOK TO SEE IF THERE
ARE REMAINING CAPSULE PIECES OR A BUILDUP OF POWDER. IF YOU SEE ANY,
TURN THE DEVICE OVER AND TAP IT GENTLY
TO REMOVE THEM. THEN RINSE THE WHOLE THING
WITH WATER. WHILE RINSING, PUSH THE GREEN
BUTTON A FEW TIMES. DON’T PUT THE HANDIHALER DEVICE
IN THE DISHWASHER. LET THE HANDIHALER
AIR DRY OVERNIGHT, LEAVING THE DUST CAP,
MOUTHPIECE, AND BASE OPEN. KEEP THE HANDIHALER
SOMEPLACE DRY THAT STAYS AT A COMFORTABLE
TEMPERATURE. A KITCHEN CABINET
MIGHT BE A GOOD SPOT. IT WON’T GET TOO HOT
OR TOO COLD, IT STAYS DRY, AND IT’S UP AND AWAY
FROM CHILDREN AND PETS. WHEN YOU FOLLOW THE STEPS
WE’VE SHOWN YOU TODAY, THE HANDIHALER WILL DO EXACTLY
WHAT IT’S SUPPOSED TO DO, DELIVER THE RIGHT AMOUNT
OF MEDICINE EVERY TIME TO HELP YOU BREATHE EASIER.


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