Sunday, March 13, 2011

- How to use your Metered Dose Inhaler .

How to use your Metered Dose Inhaler .
Many patient don't know how to use MDI and their doctors don't learn them how to use it so it lead to non compliance to treatment and you will lose your patient,so we should learn our patient how to use MDI.

The following video is an excellent video showing us in simple steps how to use Metered Dose Inhaler.. you may need it to learn yourself and your patient.....

How to use an MDI in simple steps:-
  1. Sit up straight or stand up and lift the chin to open the airways.
  2. Remove the cap from the mouthpiece and shake the inhaler.
  3. If you haven't used the inhaler for a week or more, or it is the first time you have used the inhaler, spray it into the air first to check that it works.
  4. Take a few deep breaths and then breathe out gently. Immediately place the mouthpiece in your mouth and put your teeth around it (not in front of it and do not bite it), holding it between your lips.
  5. Start to breathe in slowly and deeply through the mouthpiece. As you breathe in, simultaneously press down on the inhaler canister to release the medicine. One press releases one puff of medicine.
  6. Continue to breathe in deeply to ensure the medicine gets into your lungs.
  7. Hold your breath for 10 seconds or as long as you comfortably can, before breathing out slowly.
  8. If you need to take another puff, wait for 30 seconds, shake your inhaler again then repeat steps 4 to 7.
  9. Replace the cap on the mouthpiece.
Dr Ibrahim Samaha

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