How to keep the spacer hygienically clean for the inhalation: Cleaning and care

Hygiene and regular cleaning are important considerations if you or your children use a spacer (holding chamber or inhalation chamber for sprays) during the inhalation. Paediatricians recommend that babies and children up to about the age of eight use an inhalation chamber. Adults with coordination problems or over a certain age may also benefit from inhaling with a spacer (again).

Step-by-step instructions: Clean the spacer

We show you step-by-step how to clean the spacer properly so as to avoid undesirable germs or contamination as much as possible. For optimum hygiene, you should not only clean the spacer regularly, but also disinfect it if necessary.

Step 1: Remove the spray out of the spacer

Carefully pull the spray out of the spacer.

Step 2: Remove the mask and mouthpiece of the spacer

Now remove the mouthpiece and, if applicable, the mask and the one-handed operation aid and/or the tracheo adapter (all accessories for the VORTEX® holding chamber) from the spacer. Also open the protective cap of the mouthpiece.

Step 3: Clean the parts of the spacer in lukewarm water

Now place the inhalation chamber, the removed mouthpiece, the mask, the operation aid and/or the adapter in lukewarm water with a little washing-up liquid. Clean the parts thoroughly and then rinse with clear water. You can also put the spacer in the dishwasher and clean on a cycle of at least 50 degrees Celsius.

Step 4: Disinfect the spacer

Once a week you should disinfect the spacer parts with a steam steriliser. This prevents unwanted germs and the like from collecting in the inhalation aid. If you do not have a steam steriliser at home, you can disinfect the spacer in boiling water for five minutes.

Note: If using the VORTEX holding chamber for the first time for you or your child, please carefully read through the VORTEX® instructions for use (PDF).

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An article written by the PARI BLOG editorial team.

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