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45 million prescriptions are issued annually at a cost of around £900m.  Evidence suggests that many people are unable to use their inhalers effectively, and they have not been shown correct use by someone who knows how to demonstrate the correct usage.

Best practice would suggest that any inhaler prescribed should be demonstrated and the patient able to use the device.  This should be repeated at every patient review.

There are numerous training courses, organisations, and videos that aim to upskill clinicians and patients in inhaler technique.  We have listed a few of them in our 'Education & Training' section of this site. If you would like assistance with Inhaler technique training, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Inhaler Paper


Is the ‘blue’ colour convention for inhaled reliever medications important?
A UK-based survey of healthcare professionals and patients with airways disease

Monica Fletcher, Jane Scullion, John White, Bronwen Thompson and Toby Capstick

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inhaler paper
Reference:

Fletcher, M., Scullion, J., White, J., Thompson, B. & Capstick, T. Is the ‘blue’ colour convention for inhaled reliever medications important? A UK based survey of healthcare professionals and patients with airways disease.npj Prim. Care Respir. Med.26,16081 (2016).


Choosing an appropriate inhaler device for the treatment of adults with asthma or COPD

This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Usmani et al with the support of a grant from Chiesi Ltd.

Expert Panel: Dr Omar Usmani (Chair, respiratory consultant), Dr Toby Capstick (lead respiratory pharmacist), Dr Hasan Chowhan (general practitioner), and Jane Scullion (respiratory nurse consultant)

pdfMCP-Guidelines inhaler device choice algorithm

guidance paper