I have been looking after patients with Asthma for many years now and I have learned so much from them and gained some insight into what thinking goes with decisions about "to take or not to take inhalers”.
This blog is my personal thoughts after years of helping people and the evidence from NRAD and my goal is to share this and encourage you to get a face to face consultation once a year with you Asthma Nurse and here at Cadham we can support with inhaler technique and understanding your medicines.
The NRAD study "It is not clear why the number of deaths per year from asthma in the UK has not reduced significantly from around 1,200 for many years, even though it is widely accepted that there are preventable factors in 90% of deaths. The aim of the project was to understand why people of all ages die from asthma so that recommendations could be made to prevent deaths from asthma in the future.”
I have been very lucky recently to have met up with Doctors, Nurses and Pharmacists at at the Primary Care Respiratory Society PCRS who are all passionate about Asthma and supporting people to take control of their asthma and would like to share the Top 10 Tips I have learned from them , the recommendations from NRAD and from patients I have helped.
MY TOP TIPS TO STAY SAFE WITH ASTHMA
KNOWLEDGE SAVES LIVES
PERSONALISED CARE GIVES PEOPLE KNOWLEDGE AND
CREATES CONFIDENCE TO CONTROL ASTHMA
1. KNOW THAT ASTHMA STILL KILLS
2. KNOW YOUR INHALER TECHNIQUE
3. KNOW YOUR TRIGGERS
4. KNOW TO USE YOUR PREVENTER EVERY DAY
5. KNOW TO HAVE A WRITTEN ASTHMA PLAN
6. KNOW WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
7. KNOW TO ATTEND AN ASTHMA REVIEW EVERY YEAR
8. KNOW YOUR ASTHMA IS A LIFELONG CONDITION
9. KNOW NOT TO BE RELIANT ON YOU BLUE INHALER
10. KNOW YOUR PERSONAL NUMBERS AND GOALS
Know HOW to use your Inhalers so INHALER TECHNIQUE is VITAL.
Did you know there are 2 main types of Inhaler : MDI and DRY POWDER with 2 different inhaler techniques.There are many inhalers out there but 2 main types. I have shown a couple of videos but if you want technique is divided into MDI or Dry Powder.
MDI DRY POWDER
BREATHE SLOW,STEADILY AND DEEPLY BREATHE HARD AND DEEP
Pharmacies and GP practices are well placed in the NHS to support you as you face to face but here are some handy videos for you to use if you want a reminder.
Dry Power Inhalers Top Tips
1. Breathe Hard and Deeply
2. Remember to exhale completely
3. Do not shake the inhaler.
4. Do not cover the vents at the front
5. Breathe out away from the powder inhaler
6. Hold breath for 10s
MDI Top Tips
1. Breathe Slow,Steadily and Deeply
1. Shake the inhaler for 5 seconds
2. Remember to exhale completely before using
3. Hold breathe for 10 s
4. Must wait a minimum of before next dose can leave 3 -5 minutes depending on response.
KNOW YOUR TRIGGERS AND ASTHMA PLAN
The NRAD study is very clear with this and it is really important that you KNOW YOUR PERSONAL TRIGGERS and these are listed in your PERSONAL WRITTEN ASTHMA PLAN and share this with close family and friends.
1. KEEP A DIARY OF YOUR TRIGGERS
2. KNOW WHEN TO START ADDITIONAL MEDICINES IF SEASONAL ALLERGIES
3. KNOW YOUR FIRST AID ASTHMA PLAN IN AN EMERGENCY
4. INVOVE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
KNOW WHEN YOU ARE OVER RELYING ON YOUR BLUE INHALER
Did you know that using your Blue inhaler more than 4 times a week could be a sign that your Asthma is not well controlled?
This is the same as saying did you know that using more than ONE BLUE INHALER. a YEAR is a sign that your asthma is not well controlled?
Did you Know that asthma still Kills 3 people a day Asthma UK .This is an invaluable resource for you and your family living with Asthma.
Wishing you the Confidence to Control your Asthma and make Asthma Attacks No More
What some of our Asthma patients say
Lorraine said “I am now Free From the Fear of an Asthma Attack and can be more active without the worry"
Danielle said “ Seeing my personal numbers and levels and understanding what normal is has made me change my outlook on my asthma"
Collin says "When I was in picking up my inhalers Bernie offered to do a Ashma review. Being honest I never really thought I had Ashma as I regard myself as "fit for my age". I had been taking my inhalers as when needed but not really monitoring properly. I was taking my blue one 3-4 times a day. I was not sleeping properly which was taking it's toll. When I visited the pharmacy. It highlighted that I have not been keeping on top of things, it really made me focus more on controlling my Ashma. A new prescription and a clearer understanding on how to control. I now sleep all night, no chest pain and haven't needed my blue inhaler once. The service and care I have received at the pharmacy has been first class!!!! If you have issues with your Ashma I would highly recommend Cadham Pharmacy, consistent staff, prompt service and excellent results. Can't thank you enough. "
Justine says Thank you!! I would like to say thanks to Bernie and her staff at cadham pharmacy. Bernie has got my asthma under control and I am breathing so much better. Something I didn’t really take seriously was taking my imhaler could have ended up being really dangerous. I would also like to thank you for putting me on the right medicine for my cold and flu virus I am feeling so much better already. Thanks again for your help and your support. Denise says Amazing Service As Always Thank you for the excellent care I have received over the last 36 hours between my Asthma flare up and subsequent chest infection. You guys are amazing x
STAY SAFE AND GET CONFIDENCE TO CONTROL OF YOUR ASTHMA.
Walk in service or book online for your INHALER TECHNIQUE MOT and medicines review.
Team Cadham x