When it comes to administering our children’s respiratory medicine, it is not always an easy chore. Sometimes they don’t want to sit down and take a break or they just don’t like it…period!! Many children (and adults) who need respiratory medication can experience asthma attacks that occur suddenly and can even be life-threatening, so getting their medication into their lungs quickly is of paramount importance!! While nebulizers are good for long-term maintenance of asthma and other respiratory issues, a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) can be the fastest way for life-saving medicine to be administered.
What Are MDIs Used For?
· Plan Ahead: If you use your MDI as a rescue inhaler (when it’s difficult to breathe the most) you should consider asking your doctor to write a prescription for two inhalers. Never be caught shorthanded!!
· Start Fresh: You should always start with a full inhaler. Your canister should have a label to tell you approximately the amount of puffs available, so make sure you start from new so you don’t get caught without your medication.
· Mark Your Calendar: By marking your calendar you will have a visual reference of approximately when your medication will need to be refilled. You should mark one or two days before your medication needs to be refilled to avoid any sudden panic.
· Mark Your Canister: Besides marking a calendar, you should also mark (with permanent marker) your canister with the refill date. The more reminders the better!!
Using the Monaghan AeroChamber to Open Airways
- Examine product for any damage or missing parts. If anything is damaged or missing the product should be replaced immediately.
- Read all instructions and remove red caps.
- Be sure to shake your MDI fully and insert into back of chamber.
- Place silicon mask securely on face for proper seal and exhale through mask.
- Depress MDI and inhale slowly and hold breath for approximately 10 seconds. If a slow breath is difficult to achieve, user should keep face tight to mask and inhale 2-3 times. Medicine should be administered one puff at a time.
- If Flow Signal Whistle sounds, inhalation should be slowed.
- Any instructions included with your MDI should be followed on time between inhalations.
Regular cleaning of the Monaghan AeroChamber Z STAT is recommended to prolong the life and efficacy of the holding chamber. The AeroChamber is completely dishwasher safe and is easy to clean. By keeping your holding chamber clean and working properly you can minimize the cost of your respiratory therapy. Use this quick overview to clean your AeroChamber:
Benefits of the Monaghan Z STAT System
Monaghan AeroChamber Parts
You should understand the parts of your AeroChamber and how they work in order to efficiently use it. The AeroChamber Z STAT has 5 important components:
Anti-Static Chamber: By minimizing static charge, the chamber increases aerosol suspension time therefore making more medication available for inhalation. Made of clear plastic the user can visually see when the medication is present in the chamber.
Comfort Seal Mask: A snug fit is crucial to maximum drug delivery and the seal on this mask fit snugly and comfortably on the face. It’s by creating this seal that the proper amount of medication is delivered and is less dependent on coordination for use. It also makes it easier for children to receive their medication.
Inhalation Valve: This low resistance valve opens easily to allow the patient to inhale easily, while only allowing the proper size particles to exit the chamber through inhalation. This prevents any accidental exhalation of medication, making each treatment more efficient.
Exhalation Valve: After inhalation, the user can easily exhale (normal part of breathing) without re-breathing and focuses any exhalation away from the face.
Flow Signal Whistle: This alerts the user to breathe slowly.
By understanding how these parts operate, the user can determine if the AeroChamber is working properly. This device is intended to be used only by patients who are directed to by a doctor and to administer an aerosol medication from an inhaler. They can be used not only in a medical environment but in the home or out and about, so users can take them anywhere they need to.