Asthma and COPD: inhaler and spacer rescue packs could be a game-changer

Comments are being sought on a proposal to issue an inhaler and spacer rescue pack to everyone at risk due to these conditions

Comments are sought on proposals to issue an inhaler and spacer rescue pack to everyone at risk due to asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

For some patients, inhalers for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are vital to keeping well, ameliorating symptoms, reducing exacerbation and limiting morbidity and mortality. However, an article in The Lancet (Keeley and Partridge 2019) provides a reminder that in asthma and COPD, whatever the severity of the disease, exacerbations can happen without warning and with potentially fatal consequences.

Because of this, many people with these conditions are advised what to do in an emergency and what rescue medications are required. These are usually either a self-management plan or a personal action plan, and include advice on what to do and when to seek help.


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