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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Is there a good replacement for a spacer?

Every day at we get lots of asthma related questions. Below are some questions I thought my readers at the RT Cave would enjoy.

Your question
: Are there any MacGuyver's out there who know of a good replacement for my spacer? I broke it and can't get a replacement until later this week.

My Humble answer:

I'm not much of a Macgyver in real life, but when it comes to asthma I know of a few tricks. When I was a kid back in the 1980s my doctors and RTs often told me to use a used toilet paper roll. It basically does the same thing as any spacer you can purchase in the store and is generally free and available in any home.

It's not the ideal solution, but it will work until you can get your new spacer.

If you have any further questions email me, or Visit's" Q&A section.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad you posted that! Spacers are EXPENSIVE!! With 2 asthmatic kids, I have to have one for each of them at school and at least one at home (figure they can share here).

Seems like I've heard that you can cut the bottom of a soda bottle and use that too. You'd have to tape up the edges, I guess, but seems like the MDI would fit in the mouth of the bottle.

Perhaps you could link to any cheap spacers you've found? They are $50+ locally....