Barrington, Rhode Island (PressExposure) January 23, 2013 -- The Physician's network "Use-inhalers" recently conducted a study on inhaler technique in Asthma and COPD patients with a validation method and the results proved that the patients who never received inhalation instruction & patients who used more than one inhaler device with language barriers made significantly more errors. Based on this study analytic, the Use-inhalers team decided to create a unique interactive inhaler training program in multiple languages for patients to learn and practice the correct inhaler techniques.
This educational tool is designed to encourage the patients to participate in the Asthma education program, by providing real time practice feature, where patients can practice on the computer / laptop / smart phone / tablet using an inhaler with the on screen instructor to get the visual feedback till the patients perfect the inhaler technique and the results can be shared with the Physician for their review.
CEO of Use-inhalers Mr. Fenil Shah conducted a meeting with group of Pulmonologists and discussed that a lot of passive videos on inhaler training have been proliferated till date but still we have Asthma patients making the crucial mistakes like taking over dose or no dose of medicine, because patients are not able to inhale correctly. There is a need for an educational tool that helps Asthma patients to learn and practice how to inhale the medicine correctly before using the device. 'How to inhale" training should be advised to all patients using inhalers.
Clinical studies show that the elderly people and children with Asthma have specific problems using inhalers and require targeted and appropriate help in order to improve their inhaler technique and minimize the waste of inhaled medication. Frequent assessment of inhaler technique needs to become a regular feature of health and care promotion for all patients using these devices.
"How to use inhalers" an audio-visual, engaging free educational tool addresses the above needs and has the potential to control the misuse of medication and help to reduce the global burden of Asthma.