7 Steps to Using an Inhaler
You may have heard the great news that the UK Inhaler Group (UKIG) has recently published an inhaler standards and competency document.
This guidance aims to enable healthcare professionals to assist people in correctly and effectively using their inhalers, which are key to treating diseases such as asthma and COPD.
Here are the seven steps to good basic inhalation:
- Prepare the inhaler device
- Prepare or load the dose
- Breathe out, fully and gently, but not into the inhaler
- Place inhaler mouthpiece in the mouth and seal the lips around the mouthpiece
- Breathe in:
pMDI: slow and steady,
DPI: quick and deep
- Remover inhaler from the mouth and hold the breath for up to 10 seconds.
- Wait for a few seconds then repeat as necessary.
(UK Inhaler Standards Group, Inhaler Standards and Competency Document, January 2017)
We encourage you to check it out! It can be accessed via the following link: http://www.respiratoryfutures.org.uk/media/69774/ukig-inhaler-standards-january-2017.pdf
We at Annie Barr Associates are committed to providing the highest quality training based on current evidence, guidelines and standards. All of our respiratory courses therefore include comprehensive inhaler technique training based upon these standards. By attending one of these courses you can be assured that you will have all the information you need to teach and check inhaler technique to your patients.
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