It was revealed by Asthma UK that people who suffer from serious allergic reactions are seldom well-informed on how to use their medical gadgets properly. This in turn causes patients to turn to medicines that are stronger than need.
Patients are having difficulty following instructions on how to administer medication using auto injectors in case they need it, according to Asthma UK
There’s a need for more preparation on the part of the patients and HHS staff in handling these gadgets, according to the charities.
An independent research done in the US showed a whopping eighty-four percent of patients using prescribed adrenalin auto-injectors did not know how to operate them properly. This prompted an alert.
Failure to keep the gadget in place for no less than ten seconds and a lack of force for the needle to deliver the adrenalin in the body are two of the most common mistakes.
In the same report the researchers revealed in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, it was found out that only a mere seven percent of asthma patients use the asthma inhalers correctly.
Research head Dr. Rana Bonds from the University of Texas Medical Branch concluded that the facts illustrated people as either lacking the training to operate the gadgets to begin with or “forgot the instructions over time.”
Adrenaline reduce inflammation in cases of serious asthma conditions and helps the in bringing patient’s breathing back to normal.
Maureen Jenkins, clinical director of Allergy UK, said she was not the least bit shocked by the discovery.
Inhalers and auto-injectors are available in several designs, this means that patients have to get retrained for each kind of injector, she elaborated.
“We have just finished a leaflet on allergic asthma which talks about proper use of these devices.”
She continued that the best people to talk to the patients on how to use the gadgets are pharmacists after they obtained them from the chemist.
The director of research and policy at Asthma UK, Dr. Samantha Walker, said even if it’s assumed that everyone who owns an inhaler undergoes a yearly technique checkup, the numbers show that one third of those suffering from asthma will still use their inhalers erroneously.
These errors are enough to keep these devices’ effectiveness substantially reduced.
“This is also hugely wasteful – asthma-prescribing is one of the most expensive areas of cost for the NHS, costing almost £1bn annually.
“You wouldn’t give someone a new car without them having driving lessons first, so if you are going to invest in prescribing a lifetime of asthma medicines, it’s crucial that healthcare professionals ensure that their patients know how to use them.”