Asthma between children is a very common disorder. The use of inhalers to control the case is the current commonly used treatment. More important than using the treatment is to actually use it correctly. Fault use of the inhaler might actually lead to not benefiting from it at all. A recent study have shown that a large number of children might be using the inhaler with a wrong technique affecting the anticipated results.
The study was led by a hospitalist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Waheeda Samady. She posted the results in the Journal Of Hospital Medicine.
Dr. Waheeda commented on her study and results saying, “We know that asthma can be well managed in the majority of patients and using your inhaler correctly is key factor to managing asthma. Improper inhaler technique can contribute to children having uncontrolled asthma and needing to come to the hospital for their asthma. Our study suggests that as healthcare providers we can do a better job showing patients and families the correct inhaler and spacer technique, and checking it frequently to ensure they master it.”
The study included the use of 113 volunteers of different age ranges (2 – 16). The results showed that 42% of these participants used the inhaler wrongfully. 18% of those did not use the spacer device with their inhaler. These results were represented more towards the older patients rather than the younger.