These staggering statistics indicate that inhaler misuse is a serious threat to effective COPD treatment, and it’s clear that to reduce COPD readmissions, patients need to be better trained on how to use their devices.
“Any time you prescribe an inhaler, there should be a prompt that says, ‘Has this patient been educated?’” suggests Dr. Brad Drummond, a clinical associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. “And if not, we need to address that.”
Of course, knowing there’s a need for better inhaler education is just the first step. Finding the best way to provide that knowledge is the real challenge. Below are three strategies to help minimize inhaler misuse among your COPD patients.