Can dry powder inhalers (DPI) also be inhaled with the VORTEX?
The VORTEX is a holding chamber for sprays respectively metered dose inhalers. A holding chamber is not needed for DPIs. In this case it is important that the patient is able to generate a sufficient inspiratory flow in order to inhale the respirable particles out of the device.
Do square or oval metered dose inhalers also fit on the VORTEX?
Generally, yes. The blue connecting ring has a flexible border that will in general fit the various shapes of the metered dose inhalers.
How can I tell when my child has breathed in all the medication?
For this, we recommend the following: babies younger than 18 months should inhale for 4 to 6 breaths, infants older than 18 months should inhale for 2 to 4 breaths. If the child is using a mask, please make sure that it fits tightly on the child's face.
How do I clean the child mask?
Children's masks can be cleaned with washing up liquid. They must not be cleaned in the dishwasher or disinfected in a vaporisator or with boiling water. For detailed instructions, please read the instructions for use.
How do I clean the VORTEX?
The VORTEX can be cleaned with washing up liquid, or it can also be washed in the dishwasher. In addition, it can be disinfected in a disinfector or with boiling water. For detailed instructions, please read the instructions for use.
How many breaths does it take to breathe in all the medication spray in the VORTEX?
That depends on the inspiratory volume. Since babies and infants have a smaller inspiratory volume, babies younger than 18 months should inhale for 4 to 6 breaths, and infants older than 18 months should inhale for 2 to 4 breaths. Children aged 6 and older, and adults, normally need to take only 1 breath.
How often should I clean the VORTEX?
The VORTEX should be cleaned regularly and immediately after the application if it becomes visibly dirty.
Is it possible to inhale several medications one after the other using the same VORTEX?
If your doctor has instructed you to inhale several different medications one after the other without interruption, you can use the same VORTEX for this. It is not necessary to clean the VORTEX between successive medications in an inhalation session.
Which mask is suitable for which age group?
The yellow children's mask can be used by infants up to about 2 years of age and the orange children's mask can be used by children aged 2 and older. Since inhalation is more efficient with a mouthpiece than with a mask, the child should be encouraged to inhale through the mouthpiece as soon as he or she is able to do so.