Inhaler Technique Service

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Inhaler Technique Service - Tupton Pharmacy, Tupton

What is asthma?

 

Asthma is a common long term chronic inflammatory condition affecting the respiratory tract and the lungs. It is estimated that someone in the UK has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack every 10 seconds.

 

Why is proper inhaler technique important?

 

Despite 73 million inhalers being prescribed every year in the UK, over 1,000 people die annually from asthma-related conditions.

 

What we need to do to stop this happening

 

Many asthmatics currently misuse their inhalers. They do not use their inhalers properly, often demonstrating poor technique. This is one of the primary reasons for worsening asthma symptoms as well as asthma attacks which can lead to deaths. This can easily be avoided if asthma patients are taught how to use their inhalers properly.

 

Our pharmacy currently offers an inhaler technique service to help you understand what actions should be taken to make the most of your inhaler.

 

Getting to know your inhaler

 

Treatment for asthma using inhaler therapy is currently a two pronged approach. A “preventer” (consisting mainly of a steroid but sometimes in combination with a long acting bronchodilator) inhaler should be used daily to treat the chronic inflammation. This is extremely important as the correct dose and correct use of this inhaler keeps asthma symptoms under control and removes or drastically reduces the need for the “reliever” inhaler.

 

The “reliever” inhaler is to be used sporadically to help relieve asthma symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath when your airways have become irritated due to exposure to irritants, cold air or increased exertion. According to Asthma Right Care, you should not need to use your blue reliever inhaler more than once in any one day. This is the equivalent of two inhalers a year. If you are using it more than this, it could mean you are either not using your “preventer” inhaler properly or that the strength or dose is no longer sufficient for you.

 

Basic techniques

 

If you use an inhaler regularly and feel you aren’t getting the most out of the medicine then you maybe:

  • failing to shake the inhaler before activating properly
  • holding the inhaler in the wrong position when in use
  • failing to breathe out fully before activating the inhaler
  • activating the inhaler too early before fully breathing out
  • activating the inhaler too late as you fully breathe in
  • breathing in too quickly
  • not re-shaking the inhaler after quick sessions of relieve

You can take on these short and basic techniques to help you improve your overall inhaler technique.

 

What services do we offer at Tupton Pharmacy?

 

We present an inhaler technique service to ensure that your device is being used properly. We do this by delivering a 1 to 1 consultation which will cover education, training, monitoring and support for our patients with respiratory conditions.

 

Visit Tupton Pharmacy for more information or call on 01246 864697.

Adam Tomlinson
Adam Tomlinson
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Steve Tagg
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Emma Edwards
Emma Edwards
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Dianne Telford
Dianne Telford
My husband collects a repeat prescription every month. The service runs like clockwork, the pharmacy staff are very well organised, friendly and efficient. He has not had any problems and is very happy with the set-up. Many thanks.
Georgia Beighton
Georgia Beighton
Very nice staff always helpful, the pharmacist is so nice and so helpful always goes out of his way to help people!
Pam Windley
Pam Windley
A flourishing Pharmacey in our village. It has been great to see you moving into participation with our social media and advertising that you are there for us. The ramp you have provided for people with disabilities to access you shop is an amazing achievement for a small business. Well done. Through the Covid virus you have excelled in communication and delivering prescriptions around our village to those who were isolating. Obviously this meant so much more extra work for you. I thank you in your all round efforts to be part of our village. Keep up the the good work Tupton people are grateful and we need you.
Barru Key
Barru Key
Amazing staff.well organised.very polite.allways able to ask questions and advise.well done all of you for your service.top class.stay safe.
Geoff Hicks
Geoff Hicks
Great service, always helpful, always cheerful, always smiling. Keep it up.