Inhaler Technique Service

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Inhaler Technique Service - Wesham Pharmacy, Preston

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 Wesham Pharmacy, Preston?

 

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 Wesham Pharmacy, Preston for more information or call on 01772 683688.

Ian Stuart
Ian Stuart
Excellent service , friendly efficient staff , what more could one ask , especially in these troubled times
David Pickles
David Pickles
Brilliant. I was on holiday nearby and left my prescribed meds at home. I phoned up and they were ready for me by the time I arrived at the pharmacy. Excellent service, wish it was more local to me!
sarah turner
sarah turner
Great place to have your COVID Vaccine - first class service, professional and efficient, even though I hadn't worn a top that allowed them to get to the very top of my arm easily to give me my jab! I won't make that mistake again 🙂
Sam Field
Sam Field
Amazing service at the vaccination centre! Was in and out so quickly!
Dana Guillot
Dana Guillot
Friendly, considerate staff. Open Saturdays and they can deliver.
norma parry
norma parry
The pharmacy is superb. Lovely people who know and care about people. Zahir can be relied upon to give good advice and care to his customers. They are the best x
Samantha Burrow
Samantha Burrow
Great team of staff, always ready to help and go the extra mile. I highly recommend seeking advice from your local pharmacy first and this team rank high in customer service, care and expertise.
Linda Berry
Linda Berry
Love this pharmacy. So friendly and approachable. Never had any problems getting my prescriptions which are sent from my doctors surgery. Thank you
Susan hartley
Susan hartley
Rung to see if stocked an item unfortunately they didn’t but excellent service over the phone and other places i may get it Thankyou