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Communication Station 4
You are a junior doctor working in a GP setting. Explain to this newly diagnosed asthmatic how to use their inhaler; an MDI (meter doses inhaler) has been provided for you to demonstrate should you wish, as well as a selection of supporting instructions.
Stand or sit upright when using your inhaler
Remove the inhaler cap
Hold the inhaler upright and shake 4 or 5 times
Breathe out fully
Place the mouthpiece between your teeth without biting and form a good seal around it with your lips
Breathe in through your mouth and press the canister down at the same time to release a puff of medicine
Continue to breathe in slowly and deeply for 3-5 seconds
Hold your breath and take the inhaler from your mouth
Continue to hold your breath for 10 seconds or as long as is comfortable. Breathe out slowly.
(Adapted from: http://www.corbyccg.nhs.uk/inhaler-techniques-leaflets/)