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Inhaler Technique is Critical

Published on Jan 16, 2011 with 0 comment

Most asthma patients are not using their inhalers and/or spacers correctly, and, therefore, are not getting the maximum benefit from these devices. All physicians caring for asthma patients will attest to the fact that even after demonstrating the proper technique for using a metered dose inhaler or spacer, “show and tell” on subsequent office visits proves that excellent technique is rarely observed, especially in children.

A recent study revealed that only 50% of those using an inhaler alone had good technique and only 29% of those using an inhaler with a spacer were using it adequately. For both groups and devices, breathing out before inhalation and breath holding was problematic. This study reinforces the need to demonstrate and observe the correct use of inhalation devices at each clinic visit.

Excellent technique is critical to good asthma control. Consult the “How to videos” page on this website for step by step instructions for inhalers, spacers, and other devices.


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