Choosing the right inhaler for patients with asthma
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Choosing the right inhaler for patients with asthma

Karen Newell Asthma nurse specialists, Asthma UK, London
Shenagh Hume Asthma nurse specialists, Asthma UK, London

This article assesses the suitability of inhaler devices for patients with asthma according to their individual needs. Three main types of inhalers are discussed: pressurised metered dose inhalers, breath-actuated inhalers and dry powder inhalers. The advantages and disadvantages of these devices are discussed in relation to lifestyle, ability and suitability for individuals.

Nursing Standard. 21, 5, 46-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.10.21.5.46.c6371

Correspondence

knewell@asthma.org.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review