Vent-AH-aler Spacer

IHPST · Stan Epstein Collection

Accession Number: 2019.ihpst.96


This artifact consists of two cone-like elements that fit together to create an enclosure. At one end of the enclosure, there is an opening to fit the end of a pressurized metered dose inhaler. At the other end is a mouthpiece.

Primary Materials: Plastic


Print on one half of the enclosure contains the following code:

Dimensions (cm):

(Halves joined) 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 surface of the artifact has very slight scuff marks.

Associated Instruments:

2019.ihpst.95 is the a second example of this artifact, but includes its original packaging.


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. Canadian Medical Association Journal 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. American Review of Respiratory Disease (1980), 121:123

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

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