Inhaler technique – improving adherence, and demonstrations of good and poor technique

15 March 2021 10:30 - 11:30

Several studies show that health care professionals (including doctors, nurses and pharmacists) may only demonstrate correct inhaler technique to patients around 10% of the time. This is of paramount importance because the way a patient uses a device is proportional to the amount of drug they will deposit in their lungs, which in turn has a direct correlation with emergency attendance at the hospital and poor respiratory disease control..

This session will include:

  • Familiarisation with inhaler competency guidelines
  • The importance of correct inhaler technique
  • Increase confidence in teaching and checking inhaler technique
  • Recognise common errors in inhaler technique
  • How websites and apps like rightbreathe can assist in clinicians in consultations
  • Demonstrations of some of the commonly used devices

Darush Attar-Zadeh, Respiratory Lead Pharmacist, Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group