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Vent-AH-aler Spacer

Stan Epstein Respiratory Medicine · IHPST

A rectilinear cardboard package, coloured white and red with black lettering, contains a clear plastic artifact inside a clear plastic back. The artifact consists of two cone-like elements that fit together to create an enclosure. At one end of the enclosure is an opening to fit the end of a pressurized metered dose inhaler. At the other end is a mouthpiece.

The packaging also includes a paper information sheet.

Accession Number: 2019.ihpst.95

Alternative Name:

Primary Materials: Plastic, Paper.


The paper packaging includes the following printed information:
“CL 23570-8501”
“LOT 85H099”

Printing on the plastic artifact includes the following code:

Dimensions (cm):

Box: Height = 15.5, Width = 10, Length = 10; Artifact (assembled): Length = 23.5, Max Diameter = 9.5.


The spacer is designed to prevent errors in the use of the pressurized metered dose inhaler.


Very good: The cardboard packaging is worn and creased. The plastic artifact is in excellent condition.

Associated Instruments:


A & H, Allen & Hanburys, A Glaxo Canada Limited Company, Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

Date of Manufacture: Late 20th century.


This item was acquired along with a collection of medical artifacts from the home of Dr. Stanley Epstein on February 19, 2019.

Additional Information and References:

Epstein SW, Manning P, Ashley MJ, Corey PN. Survey of the Clinical Use of Pressurized Aerosol Inhalers. <i>Canadian Medical Association Journal</i> 120 (1979): 813-816.

D. Corr, M. Dolovich, D. McCormack, R. Ruffin, G. Ominski, M. Newhouse: The Aerochamber: A New Demand /Inhalation Devise for Delivery of Aerosolized Drugs. <i>American Review of Respiratory Disease</i> (1980), 121:123

Weeke, Eva Rung “Reported Clinical Experiences with Inhaled Terbutaline Aerosol via Spacer Devices.” In <i>Metered Dose Inhalers: An International Workshop (October 17-19, 1983, Mont Ste. Marie, Qc).</i> edited by S. W. Epstein. 105-109. Mississauga, OnL Astra Pharmaceuticals Canada, 1984.

Historical Notes:


  • Donated to UTSIC