Nursing Update on New COPD Inhaler Devices – Part 1 Respimat®
Respimat® Inhaler Update
Respimat Inhalers include: Stiolto Respimat®, Spiriva Respimat®, Combivent Respimat®, Striverdi Respimat®.
Push the safety catch and remove the clear base. Insert cartridge into the inhaler device and write the discard (expiration) date on the label of the Respimat inhaler which is 3 months from the date the Cartridge is inserted into the inhaler.
Priming the Respimat devices:
First use – press the dose-release button (results in an actuation or puff) until an aerosol cloud is visible and then continue to press the dose-release button 3 more times.
Daily use – no priming is required after the initial prime as above.
If not used for more than 3 days – Press the dose-release button once to prime.
If not used for more than 21 days – Prime following the directions for first use.
Administration of the Respimat devices: Remember T.O.P.
NOTE: Pay close attention to the dosing instructions as Stioloto, Striverdi, and Spiriva require 2 inhalations (actuations or puffs) once per day to deliver the usual full prescribed dose.
Cleaning and Storage:
Wipe the mouthpiece inside and out once a week. Store at room temperature and discard inhaler 3 months after the first use or when the locking mechanism is engaged (inhaler is empty).
References: 1. https://www.respimat.com/functions_and_use/how_to_use.html 2. http://us.boehringer-ingelheim.com/our_products/prescription-medication-products.html