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Devices Review - Funhaler
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 03:18

At our recent Asthma Educator's Course, many participants were unaware of the Funhaler device.

 

The Funhaler is a unique device (registered on the TGA) that is designed to promote deep breathing by children using the device to take their respiratory medication by rewarding children with fun incentives.  The Funhaler's mouthpiece is placed in the child's mouth or if using the mask, the mask is placed over the child's mouth and nose.

 

The Funhaler's unique internal spinner and whistle encourages the child to breathe normally.  Whilst the child is breathing through the Funhaler the parent applies the correct medication dosage.

 

In a study at Princess Mark Hospital for Children in Western Australia, the Funhaler was shown to have the following advantages:

 

  • Parents were 38% more likely to regularly offer inhaler medication using the Funhaler device compared with normal spacers, and
  • Adherence to recommended spacer technique increased by 60% with the Funhaler.
  • Parents expressed preference for the Funhaler over conventional spacers.

 
 
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