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Google. Using your inhalers. Case Study: How do you decide on the best inhaler device for over 65s? "I’ve started running a long-term conditions clinic for Over 65s and would welcome some advice on how to best prescribe the right inhaler for patients who have physical impairments such as arthritis/partial blindness or dementia?

Case Study: How do you decide on the best inhaler device for over 65s?

" The Asthma UK Helpline receives a number of calls from healthcare professionals about how best to treat people with asthma. Asthma UK Asthma Nurse Specialist Kathy Clarke, shares a typical call to the Helpline. Finding the right inhaler that a patient will get on with is a real challenge and is a process of elimination for the clinician to find the right one. In broadest terms, the way to approach this would be in the following order : Starting out Often , because older people are on other medications they will get on well with fixed doses and devices with a counter that shows they have/ haven’t taken their medication that day.

Current device and inspiratory flow Dry powders (require ‘fast and deep’ inspiration) Common concerns about medicines. I’m worried about…...future side effects ...side effects I’m child’s medicines...the hassle of taking medicines...using inhalers in front of child using steroids...why I need medicine when I'm well...why I’ve got more than one inhalers interacting with other medicines...whether I’m using inhalers properly...whether my medicine’s working...whether my medicine will stop working...whether I’m on the right medicine...the cost of my medicine...the dose of medicine I’m to remember my medicine...medication errors If you don’t always manage to take your medicine as prescribed, you’re not alone.

Common concerns about medicines

Inhaler demos. Asthma: inhaler techniques - Health videos. Asthma inhaler techniques in adults. Inhaled medications are the cornerstone of asthma therapy, but they can only be effective if they are used properly.

Asthma inhaler techniques in adults

Using your inhaler correctly delivers the medication to your lungs, where it can work to control your symptoms. Using an inhaler incorrectly means that little or no medicine reaches the lungs. Studies have shown that almost everyone can learn proper inhaler technique with adequate training and practice. This article discusses how to use a metered dose inhaler for adults. ADMIT - Home. Search.

Inhalers and spacers. Reliever inhalers. Reliever inhalers in brief Whatever your questions or concerns about asthma, our asthma nurse specialists are just a call away on 0300 222 5800 (9am – 5pm; Mon – Fri).

Reliever inhalers

Everyone with asthma needs a reliever inhaler. They’re usually blue. They give you on-the-spot relief from asthma symptoms and asthma attacks, relaxing your airways very quickly.Keep your reliever inhaler with you all the time so it’s on hand in an emergency.Use it as soon as you notice asthma symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. Which Device in Asthma? Asthma and COPD inhalation. The ideal way to deliver drugs in asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is by inhalation.

Which Device in Asthma? Asthma and COPD inhalation.

A standard dose of salbutamol for inhalation is 100 micrograms compared with 2 or 4 mg in tablet form. Hence, if drugs can be delivered directly to the lung they will act faster and at a lower dose (20- to 40-fold in the case of salbutamol) which will reduce the incidence of side-effects. However, if the device fails to deliver the drug to the correct place it is of no value at all. Inhalers - what are they and what do they do? Inhalers - what are they and what do they do?

Inhalers - what are they and what do they do?

Millions of us use inhalers in the UK. For some, they're a lifesaver; for others, they provide welcome relief; for others still, they're more of a security blanket to be carried around in the bottom of the handbag just in case. Inhalers deliver medicine you need straight to your lungs. It goes without saying then, that they're used for conditions which affect your lungs, of which by far the most common are asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Because the medicine goes straight to where it's needed, you only need tiny amounts compared to the dose you'd need to take of the same medicine in tablet form.

Inhaler demos. Society. More than 1m people in UK may have been wrongly diagnosed with asthma. More than 1 million people receiving treatment for asthma may have been misdiagnosed, according to a health watchdog.

More than 1m people in UK may have been wrongly diagnosed with asthma

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said studies showed that up to 30% of the 4.1 million people treated for asthma in the UK did not show any “clear evidence” of the incurable condition and may be receiving unnecessary treatment. The watchdog has drafted new guidance, its first for asthma, for doctors in England to improve the accuracy of diagnoses, including an array of tests. Your stories. Asthma facts and FAQs. Facts and FAQs Is asthma serious?

Asthma facts and FAQs

Imagine being paralysed by fear as you struggle to breathe, unable to speak, unable to ask for help. Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2014. 10 facts on asthma. Noncommunicable diseases. Respiratory diseases list. The Lung Association. The Lung Association. The Lung Association. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Introduction Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

People with COPD have difficulties breathing, primarily due to the narrowing of their airways, this is called airflow obstruction. Typical symptoms of COPD include: increasing breathlessness when active a persistent cough with phlegm frequent chest infections Read more about the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Why does COPD happen? The main cause of COPD is smoking. Over many years, the inflammation leads to permanent changes in the lung. Some cases of COPD are caused by fumes, dust, air pollution and genetic disorders, but these are rarer.

Read more about the causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Who is affected? COPD is one of the most common respiratory diseases in the UK. COPD affects more men than women, although rates in women are increasing. Diagnosis. Non-communicable diseases. Male age-standardised mortality rates by major cause, England and Wales 1951-2010 Source: Office for National Statistics (2011).

Non-communicable diseases

Data. Social trends 41 Female age-standardised mortality rates by major cause, England and Wales 1951-2010. RSA Student Design Awards. Health protection: Infectious diseases. Notifications of infectious diseases (NOIDs)