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Top five tips on inhaler use and technique

Inhaler treaatment for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may appear straightforward, but nurses need to keep close tabs on those in their care to ensure they achieve the best possible results, argues practice nurse Aud-Marit Walker.

Inhaler treaatment for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may appear straightforward, but nurses need to keep close tabs on those in their care to ensure they achieve the best possible results, argues practice nurse Aud-Marit Walker.

Ms Walker, a practice nurse in Yealmpton, Devon with a special interest in respiratory care, has five tips for trying to make things run as smoothly as possible.

1. Check that patients don’t put up with an inhaler they find difficult to use 2. Don’t prescribe multiple inhaler types 3. Make sure you know how to demonstrate the correct techniques 4. Use visual prompts and refer to websites and apps 5. Give regular reminders about technique

‘You need to get the right inhaler for the right patient,’ says Ms Walker. ‘Some patients don’t have the strength of breath to effectively inhale and some inhalers require dexterity involving opening the inhaler,

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