Demonstrating inhaler technique is an important part of many consultations, such as medicines use reviews, the new medicine service and the chronic medication service.
In C+D's video below, Philip Crilly, pharmacy teaching fellow at Kingston University, demonstrates how to use the HandiHaler device and discusses the content of the demonstration pack.
Cleaning the HandiHaler
Although the device is often given out on prescription alongside the capsule in a combination pack, patients may subsequently be prescribed the capsule-only pack. It is therefore important that you explain to them how to clean their device – as this should be done at least once a month.
When washing the device, you should advise patients to open the dust cap and mouthpiece, then open the base by lifting the piercing button.
Rinse the complete inhaler with warm water to remove any powder.
Patients should dry the HandiHaler thoroughly before using it. They can do this by tipping excess of water out on a paper towel and air-dry afterward, leaving the dust cap, mouthpiece and base open.
The device takes 24 hours to air dry, so clean it right after use and it will be ready for the patient's next dose. In addition, the outside of the mouthpiece may be cleaned with a moist – but not wet – tissue.
For more information:
- The patient information leaflet can be found here
- Learn about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.