Farmacéuticos Comunitarios. 2016 Dec 30; 8(4):18-25 DOI: 10.5672/FC.2173-9218.(2016/Vol8).004.03

Use of inhalers: Error detection and intervention by the community pharmacist

Palo Serrano J.
Palo J. Uso de inhaladores: detección de errores e intervención por el farmacéutico comunitario. Farmacéuticos Comunitarios. 2016 Dec 30; 8(4):18-25 DOI: 10.5672/FC.2173-9218.(2016/Vol8).004.03
Abstract : 

Introduction: Inhalers are drugs that require special training for proper use. Define users of inhalers and assess what mistakes are made can be the starting point for tackle them and get a solution. The community pharmacist is key to ensuring the correct use of inhalers.

Objectives: To find out social and demographic variables of users inhalers. To analyze the mistake made in the use of inhalers and act on them. To find out if users perceive their health problem controlled and to assess what they think about the active role of the pharmacist.

Material and methods: Multicenter observational study whose data collection was performed in sixcommunity pharmacies located in the province of Badajoz using a questionnaire and evaluation sheets of the inhalers.

Results: Participants included 152 patients and 26 careers. 202 inhalers are evaluated and 876 errors are detected and intervened. The most frequent inhalation technique clinically significant error is not contain the respiration for 10 seconds or as long as possible after inhalation (57.2% of cases). In 60.9% of cases users do not know how to clean the inhaler correctly, in 43.9% users do not know when the inhaler is empty and the 36.1% do not know they should rinse their mouth after use.

The 61.8% of users believe that the health problem for using inhalers is not well controlled and 99.4% believe that the active role of the pharmacist helps improve the use of inhalers.

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