Vitality Medical offers a variety of brands, materials and sizes of Inhaler Spacer devices and nebulizer spacers used in respiratory therapy to treat long-term respiratory conditions. Inhaler spacers are used by adults and children with slight adjustments with mask. The spacers are lightweight and portable to treat asthma symptoms by conveniently attaching to a metered dose inhaler. The spacer is typically shaped like a football or tube to create a valve holding chamber. This holding chamber design allows the COPD medication to be administered easier and safer. Typically a puffer mechanism is part of the spacer so that the user can coordinate inhaling for a more consistent dose. This also ensures the medication gets directly to the lungs instead of the mouth and throat.
There are some important things to consider when choosing a spacer for everyday use. If the spacer is for a child under 4-5 years of age, choose a spacer with an attached mask or one that's allows for a mask attachment. This version is ideal when ongoing treatment will be administered and child is young and still growing. This allows the spacer device to get maximum use interchanging the mask size as needed when child outgrows mask. Also, for child and adult users alike, look for a spacer with minimal effort to put the device together for everyday use after cleaning etc.
There are various materials used to create MDI spacers. Metal chamber spacers such as the PARI Vortex minimize static charge and administer even more consistent medication delivery. Asthma spacers are also designed for quick disassembly to be cleaned monthly or as needed. It's even recommended to have the spacer chamber checked by a pharmacist every six months to ensure the valve is working properly and void of cracks. Check the manufacturer if device should be replaced every year.
It's important to properly clean the inhaler spacer. Some devices require more cleaning and maintenance than others. Some inhaler devices require the device to be primed to reduce static build-up before treatment. There are spacers made with new antistatic polymer plastic that do not require the device to be primed like AEROCHAMBER Plus.