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Updated: Inhaler devices

Posted on: 4 Sep 2019

This module was originally published in July 2017, and has been updated in September 2019.

Module summary

This key questions module will review the role of inhaler devices in the treatment of respiratory diseases.

Learning objectives
After completing the module, you should:

  • be able to describe the types of inhalers currently available, their underlying principles, design and functionality, and highlight the similarities and differences between them
  • have insight into the factors contributing to the effectiveness of inhaler therapy and ways to optimise treatment outcomes
  • be able to describe what defines a ‘critical error’ and ‘non-critical error’ in inhaler technique
  • be equipped with the knowledge and resources to explain and demonstrate the importance of a correct inhaler technique to your patients
  • understand the patient requirements for an ideal inhaler device and support a personalised approach to inhaler therapy.

Author details
The content for this module was developed by Linda Pearce a Respiratory Nurse Consultant from West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

BA-MDI Breath-actuated pMDI DPI Dry-powder inhaler
CFCs Chlorofluorocarbons MDI Metered-dose inhaler
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease pMDI Pressurised metered-dose inhaler

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