Our planet or our patients?Posted on: 31 Jan 2019
This article explains that healthcare professionals have an obligation to provide the best possible care for their patients, and to the environment. Appropriate inhaler prescription could prove to be eco-friendlier and improve symptom management for patients.
For example, the Environmental Audit Committee of the UK, recommends that healthcare professionals switch stable patients from pressurised metered-dose inhalers (with relatively higher global warming potential) to dry powder inhalers (with low global warming potential).
It is suggested that training and competency in inhaler choice and use must become a mandatory requirement in healthcare curricula, as this would lead to more effective and less wasteful use of inhalers.
In return, it will reduce the environment impact of prescribing and save our planet without harming patients.