What is Rafi-Tone
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Children are not always the greatest fans of taking medicine or using new treatment devices. We know that many of them feel anxious about inhaling their asthma medication via a spacer – especially when a mask needs to be held over their face. There can be stress and anxiety in both children and parents. Rafi-Tone can help.
Rafi-Tone is an interactive game developed to make using a spacer more fun. Combining the latest technology with a liberal dose of fun and colour, it has been shown to make spacer use more enjoyable.
Rafi-Tone is classified as a medical device accessory under the Medical Device Regulation (EU) 2017/745 and has a CE mark to demonstrate it conforms to the regulations.
In jurisdictions where Rafi-Tone is available outside the EU, the app does not meet the definition of a medical device or accessory. In these countries Rafi-Tone INT is available. It is built to the same standard as Rafi-Tone and has the same features but you will not see the CE mark. We do not claim any clinical benefit from the use of Rafi-Tone.
Rafi-Tone should not be relied upon to give treatments or used to judge or modify treatments, which should always be according to guidance by a healthcare professional and under adult supervision.
How Rafi-Tone works
In order to use a spacer and mask to successfully deliver the medication, a firm seal between the mask and the child’s face needs to be achieved. The child then needs to breathe in, in order to open the valve of the spacer and release the medication.
When the Able Spacer/Whistle mask is used effectively you and your child will hear a musical note. This specific sound activates the cartoon in the Rafi-Tone game. Rafi-Tone can be downloaded on to a smartphone, tablet or PC. The game’s characters interact with the children whenever they breathe properly.
The Rafi-Tone app works on mobiles and tablets with Android or iOS operating systems in conjunction with the Able Spacer and innovative whistle mask – conceived by Clement Clarke International – a company with a long history of producing respiratory devices.
How to use Rafi-Tone
1: Download the app
Once you have your Able Spacer/ whistle mask set it up following their instructions, search for and download Rafi-Tone or Rafi-Tone INT from the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).
Only one of the versions (Rafi-Tone or Rafi-Tone INT) will be available via the stores based upon the store country and app specific regulations associated with that country.
If Rafi-Tone or Rafi-Tone INT is not yet available in your country and you would like to use it then please get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
2: Open the app on your tablet or mobile phone
On first use, Rafi-Tone will take you through a check to ensure it can access your device’s microphone and is recognising the whistle in your mask.
Please carry out this check without administering medication.
If at any time you are concerned about the whistle detection you can revisit this screen from the settings menu.
3: Work through the Demo
The short demo will show you how to use all features of the app – you can easily access this again at any time from the information (i) menu.
4: Introduce your child to the Rafi-Tone app
Before giving your child their inhaler show them Rafi-Tone and select ‘Play Game’. Show them how they should make a whistling sound from the mask and that this will help Rafi the Robot overcome his challenge.
When it’s time to take the inhaler, find a quiet environment with little noise or other distractions. Encourage your child to use the spacer whilst watching the screen