Tech Comm Available Technologies :: The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio


Project TitleSoothing asthma inhaler spacer for young children
Track Code2015-020
Short DescriptionNone

Using an asthma inhaler can be frightening for young children and a concern for caregivers, leading to reduced compliance. Inventors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have developed a soothing spacer to be used with an asthma inhaler that makes the experience more enjoyable by incorporating lights and music, when the mask is applied to the face properly. Additionally, the vertical design of the spacer allows for one-handed use which lets a parent hold the child with the other hand, while administering the medication.

Tagsasthma inhaler, inhaler spacer, interactive, toddler
Posted DateSep 25, 2017 3:40 PM


Amber Patterson
Melissa Robinson
Evan Kilgore


Margaret Barkett


Margaret Barkett, Ph.D.
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Office of Technology Commercialization
700 Children's Drive
Columbus OH 43205
T: 614 355-2957 F: 614 722-2716

Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
62/379,904 None Provisional United States
62/211,098 None Provisional United States
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000