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Inhaler techniques – information resources

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS
One of the factors that affects the adequate control of asthma or chronic obstructive airways disease (COPD)  is the inhalation technique. As part of the New Medicines Service (NMS) at the local pharmacy, we are obliged to make sure that our customers are using the inhalation devices in the right way. There are a number of websites which tries to illustrate the right technique but I will personally recommend that patients and professionals alike use the videos provided freely on the eMC medicines guide website. The videos cover a wide range of inhalation devices and the narrative is simple and easy to follow.

So this is what I think: It might be worth signposting some our customers with internet access to this site after going through the technique with them – as a backup. We may even want to make the videos available in consultation room to stimulate meaningful discussion around technique. The website also has videos to demonstrate the use of devices such as insulin pens etc.

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