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The importance of choosing the right inhaler

Posted on: 2 May 2018
 

The respiratory market is vast and this can make inhaler device choice difficult. There are currently 17 different devices and 106 treatment options on the market, and this variety continues to grow. With so many choices, how does a primary care practitioner decide which is best for their patient?

Watch Steve Holmes (GP and PCRS Education Lead) and Laura Rush (Respiratory Practice Nurse) discuss a range of topics.

  • Factors that influence inhaler choice
  • Common errors in technique when using pressurised metered-dose inhalers and dry powder inhalers
  • The importance of coaching patients in how to use their inhaler correctly
  • Where the responsibility for ensuring good technique lies
  • Signposting to various resources for further information

The NHS London Procurement Partnership Responsible Respiratory Prescribing Group has developed RightBreathe to help primary care practitioners with inhaler selection. The NHS London Procurement Partnership Responsible Respiratory Prescribing Group has developed RightBreathe to help primary care practitioners with inhaler selection. The RightBreathe website and app provide information on each medicine, including licenced indication, dose, side effects, technique and treatment costs.

  • Click here to read an editorial by Darush Attar-Zadeh (Respiratory Lead Pharmacist Barnet CCG), providing background on RightBreathe
  • Click here for free access to RightBreathe content
Why is RightBreathe needed RightBreathe



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