Inhaler, Spacer and Nebulizer

by ClinicalGuard.com Technical Team

Inhaler, Spacer and Nebulizer

What is Spacers?

Spacers are also called as aerosol-holding chambers, add-on devices. Spacers are designed as plastic or metal containers or long tubes that slow the delivery of medication (usually the inhaled corticosteroids as a medical treatment for asthma) from pressurized MDIs (Metered Dose Inhaler). Spacers can make medication more easily and more effectively reach the lungs. The inhaled asthma medications can go directly to the lower airways where the human body needs therapy. Spacers also prevent certain amount of medication from being deposited in patient’s mouth and throat; therefore increase the efficiency of medicine and in the mean time decrease the agony and irritation during the therapy.

What is Inhaler?

Several different kinds of asthma medicines are taken using an inhaler. Inhalers usually fall into two types: aerosol inhalers and dry-powder inhalers. The former is also called pressurized metered dose inhaler, or even commonly called as puffers. The respiratory patient can absorb certain pre-measured amount of asthma medication when the inhaler is squeezed at a time. The latter one, as its name suggests, delivers the medicine in dry power form into the patient’s lungs. Some inhaler devices come with built-in counters that monitor the number of doses a person has taken and how many doses the device has left. This will help a more accurate and more effective treatment for asthma.

How the inhaler and spacer work together?

As for the therapy for very young children, it is recommended that a metered dose inhaler with a spacer is used to receive medications. For babies, a face mask will be used to inhale the medication deposited in the spacer whereas older children can use a mouthpiece. With the elaborate combination of the two gadgets, they can reach fast and amazingly ideal therapeutic effects.

How does the nebulizer work?

A nebulizer is a kind of device that turns liquid medicines into a fine mist (aerosol) that can be easily inhaled, so nebulizers are sometimes simply called breathing machines (nebulizer treatments). Nebulizer medications: The traditional pneumatic nebulizer is gradually taken place by advanced ultrasonic nebulizer. Pneumatic nebulizer is more bulky and noisy than an ultrasonic one. Nebulizers are effective devices for delivering asthma medicine right to the lungs where it is needed the most. Young children can breathe in medicine through a face mask or mouthpiece. The devices are convenient for the uses by children.

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This article was published on Tuesday 30 December, 2008.

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