Better use of inhalers could save lives
Millions of people in the UK have breathing difficulties but many do not use their inhalers effectively, potentially putting their lives at risk. Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is tackling this problem with its ‘Breathe with ease’ campaign urging inhaler users to get their technique checked.
GPs, practice nurses, community pharmacists and care home staff have attended workshops run by the CCG to improve their skill at teaching the technique. The campaign focuses on getting the message to patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
It is essential that patients use their inhalers effectively. Many are getting only a small fraction of the drug entering their lungs and some none at all but believe they are using their inhalers in the proper way. So the campaign is urging all patients to ask their local pharmacist, practice nurse or GP to check their technique.
The infographic displayed at the bottom of this page has been created as part of this campaign. Please follow us on Twitter and retweet it to help spread the message.
Asthma UK has many useful resources on its website: www.asthma.org.uk and has kindly allowed us to reproduce the graphics below which link to its demonstration videos.