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What is a spacer? … 

  • A spacer slows down the medicine delivered from a metered-dose inhaler.
  • This way the medicine stays in the spacer and patient can breathe it into his/her lungs.
  • Without a spacer, the medicine sprays directly into your mouth and throat, and less of it reaches the lungs.
  • A spacer is also called an aerosol-holding chamber.

What is a metered-dose inhaler? …

  • Many asthma medicines are given using a metered-dose inhaler (MDI).
  • An MDI is made up of a metal canister inserted into a plastic holder.
  • The metal canister contains the asthma medicine.
  • When the canister is pushed down, it sprays a puff of medicine out.
  • An MDI should be used with a spacer in order to get the dose of medicine into the lungs.

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An oxygen concentrator (also sometimes called “oxygen generator”) is a medical device used to deliver oxygen.

Oxygen delivery devices for home use

Oxygen is used as a medical treatment in both chronic and acute cases

The pulse oximeter, which is used for evaluating the oxygen status of patients in a variety of clinical settings

An incentive spirometer is a device that measures how deeply you can inhale (breathe in). This helps prevent lung problems, such as pneumonia.

Cough assit device that helps improve clearance of secretions