Man Hospitalised 48 Times Due to Poor Inhaler Technique

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As we draw closer to World Asthma Day, we are focusing on the major issues related to the prevention and management of asthma. Recent statistics from the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) highlight that an estimated 339 million people suffer with Asthma worldwide. (www.ginasthma.org) There has been a 20% rise in deaths in the UK in the past 5 years, 65% of these could have been prevented with the right care (Asthma UK).

Whilst access to essential medicines is a vital factor for Asthma management, the importance of correct inhaler technique cannot be underestimated. Optimal inhaler technique is vital for best patient outcomes, with the importance of this statement being stressed most recently by the (BBC news) in the UK.

This story highlighted a long-term asthma sufferer who was hospitalised a total of 48 times as a result of his asthma and it wasn’t until he was trained by an expert asthma nurse how to use his inhaler correctly that his health improved. It improved so much that he completed the London Marathon!

The Vitalograph Aerosol Inhalation Monitor (AIM) device can help asthma nurses and other healthcare professional to train their patients by objective measurement of the essential parameters of correct inhaler use, which is impossible to assess by observation alone.

The AIM tester can assess correct technique and inhaler choice to achieve best outcomes, using an MDI (Metered Dosage Inhaler), a DPI (Dry Powder Inhaler) or an MDI with a Spacer.

The AIM device breaks down the complete Inhaler technique, focusing on the following points:

  • Initial inhalation acceleration for DPI inhalers
  • Inspiratory flow rate throughout the inhalation
  • Inspiratory time
  • Medication ‘firing time’ for MDI Inhalers
  • Breath hold time

Immediate performance feedback is provided, identifying the section of inhalation technique in need of improvement. A visual indicator displays where the medication would likely be deposited within the lungs based upon their performance.

The AIM device is a vital tool for assessing correct inhaler technique so that training can be given to overcome poor technique, or to assess which type of inhaler is most suitable for an individual patient.

Whilst extremely important for improving patient disease management outcomes, it also has a positive effect on reducing the waste and financial burden caused by poor inhaler technique.

Further information on our AIM device including demo videos, product information & testimonials can be found here.