The key benefit of a spacer is that it helps to direct the medicine into the lungs (where it is needed) and to also reduce the amount of medicine depositing in the mouth, which can lead to other side effects.1 In our previous post, we learnt how to assemble an asthma attack kit in case of an emergency. Today, lets look at some of the key components that make up a good spacer. In this example, we will be looking at the Philips Respironics Optichamber Diamond.
As you can see from the picture above, there are a lot of components at play when designing a good spacer. If you'd like to know the reason for the inclusion of each of these components into this spacer, click here; however If you'd prefer a video presentation click here.
Note: Spacers should be inspected every 6-12 months for defects (e.g. leakages, valve failure, etc)
I hope this has helped you to understand and appreciate the fine tuning that goes into designing one of these devices.Thanks for reading and we really appreciate your continuous support =)
Created by KW
National Asthma Council Australia. Spacer use and care [Internet]. National Asthma Council Australia [updated 2017 January; cited 2017 April 30]. Available from: https://www.nationalasthma.org.au/living-with-asthma/resources/patients-carers/factsheets/spacer-use-and-care