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Monitoring flow rates and retention of inhalation techniques using the in-check dial device in adult asthmatics.

Authors
  • Fiato, Karen-Lynn
  • Iwamoto, Gary K
  • Harkins, Michelle S
  • Morelos, Joseph
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2007
Volume
44
Issue
3
Pages
209–212
Identifiers
PMID: 17454340
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The In-Check-Dial (Alliance Tech Medical, Granburg, TX) was used to determine adequacy of inhalation techniques and teaching of two different devices. Retention of adequate techniques, was assessed in 234 moderate to severe asthmatics. Inhalation techniques were assessed at periodic follow-ups divided into less than 1 month return visit, between 1 and 3 months, 3 to less than 6 months, and 6 months to less than 1 year. Proper inhalation techniques worsened at greater than 3 months after the last instruction. The use of the In-Check-Dial is a useful tool in teaching proper technique and monitoring the patient's ability to correctly use inhalation devices.

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