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Spacer Use and Cleaning

presented by Amanda Fay, MSN, RN

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Financial: Amanda Fay receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She has no other financial interests.

Nonfinancial: Amanda Fay is an employee of Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire.

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Video Runtime: 6 Minutes
A multidose inhaler (MDI) chamber, or spacer, is commonly used by patients who require inhalation of medicine for treatment. In this training, we'll review the equipment and procedures for using a spacer use and cleaning. This course includes

- Video demonstrations of procedures
- Downloadable procedure guide PDFs
- Tips and best practices for performing these procedures in the home

Nursing staff, physical therapists, and physician assistants must be able to instruct patients on the appropriate use and rationale for a chamber with multidose inhaler use. Throughout the procedure, clinicians must consider the patient's age and genetics, past medical history, surgical interventions, and any medication use.
In this instruction, we'll review the equipment and procedures for using a chamber (aka spacer) appropriately for patients prescribed a multidose inhaler for a respiratory condition, as well as cleaning a chamber appropriately to prevent cross contamination.
This course was reviewed by Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD, CENP, to ensure the content meets current professional guidelines and best evidence-based practices.

Meet Your Instructor

Amanda Fay, MSN, RN

Amanda Fay is a clinical education and evidence-based practice educator, MSN, and RN with more than 21 years of nursing and education experience. She is an innovator with a passion for creating engaging, relevant programs that support individuals' reaching their highest potential in both personal and professional domains. In Amanda's current role as a clinical…

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1. Introduction

This chapter includes an introduction to use and cleaning of multidose inhaler chambers (spacers), information on all the necessary equipment, recommended infection control policies, and more.

2. Spacer Use

This chapter will provide a step-by-step procedure guide and video demonstration of spacer use.

3. Spacer Cleaning

This chapter will provide a step-by-step procedure guide and video demonstration of spacer cleaning.

4. Tips, Precautions, and Care Considerations

This chapter provides tips and considerations for performing these skills in the home. Documentation guidelines and recommendations for patient education are also included.

5. Quiz and Bibliography

This chapter includes learning assessment questions to assess the learner’s knowledge of skills covered in this course. A bibliography of referenced material is also included.

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