Nurse Deb gives instructions on how to use an Autohaler®.
This device is called an Autohaler. It is a breath-activated device, which means the medication is released when you inhale.
Before you use the Autohaler for the very first time, you will need to prime it. To prime the Autohaler, remove the cap and point the mouthpiece away from yourself. Raise the top lever so it stays up while the Autohaler is upright. Turn it upside down. To release the priming, turn the right slide with an arrow on the bottom of the mouthpiece. Push this in the direction of the arrow; it will release a spray. It is very important to hold the unit in an upright position whenever you push the lever down. Repeat these steps a second time to release a second spray. If you have not used the Autohaler in 48 hours, you will need to prime it again.
When you are ready to take a dose of the medication, remove the cap from the Autohaler, check the mouthpiece for any foreign objects. Hold the Autohaler with the mouthpiece down. Do not cover the air vents on the bottom of the Autohaler. Raise the top lever so it stays up while the Autohaler is upright. Shake the Autohaler gently. Breathe out. Seal your lips tightly around the mouthpiece. Inhale deeply with steady, moderate force. Hold your breath for as long as you can – up to 10 seconds. Let’s see what that should look like.
Lower the level on the Autohaler, keeping the unit upright. Repeat for each dose you’ve been told to take. Check the information that comes with the Autohaler to see how many puffs are in the device. You will need to keep track of how many puffs you are using to get a new device before you finish the current one.
To clean the Autohaler, wipe the mouthpiece with a clean, dry cloth. Turn the mouthpiece upside down, tap the device, wipe the inside of the trap door and the opening where the spray comes out with a cotton swab. Put the mouthpiece back on the Autohaler after use to help it stay clean.
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