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New National Asthma Council Australia resources explain latest inhaler and device technique

May 16, 2018

The National Asthma Council Australia has released new resources to explain the latest information regarding inhaler and device technique to assist health professionals to help their patients better control their asthma. 

The package of new and updated resources are aimed at providing primary care health professionals with the necessary resources to help combat the problem of incorrect inhaler technique.

Recent research has revealed a number of critical health impacting facts in relation to inhaler use by asthma patients: 

  • Up to 90% of patients incorrectly use their inhalers for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Moreover, the patient’s own assessment of their ability is not a reliable guide. An Australian study found that 75 per cent of patients using an inhaler for two to three years reported they were using their inhaler correctly, but on objective checking, only 10 per cent had the correct technique

The new package of resources includes: 

  • an updated version of the popular Inhaler technique for people with asthma or COPD information paper providing clearer practice recommendations and incorporating new medicines and devices that have come onto the market in the last two years. 
  • an updated version of the Asthma and COPD Medications and Allergic Rhinitis Treatments charts to include the latest inhalers and the main intranasal treatment options available in Australia.
  • Demonstration videos for new devices have also been added to the National Asthma Council Australia how-to video library, including for the new DuoResp Spiromax device. Each how-to video shows an asthma and respiratory educator and a patient demonstrating correct technique for the device, accompanied by simple captions of the key steps.  

For more information on asthma, downloadable versions of the resources, and to view the how-to videos, visit nationalasthma.org.au.

Information for this article was provided by the National Asthma Council Australia via their recent media release


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