Plymouth Inhaler Technique Use Reviews

Inhaler technique checks in community pharmacy

Many pharmacies check inhaler technique during a face to face consultation with patients. This may be as part of MURs, NMS or locally commissioned services.

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and potential for transmission of infection via saliva, the CCG would recommend pharmacies do not use devices to check inhaler technique at the present time, particularly as the mouthpiece will contact the patient’s saliva.

Devices used in checking inhaler technique may include, placebo inhalers, inchecks, AIMS machines, flo-tones, etc.

Please remember to think about infection control if reviewing inhaler technique and make use of options such as which is also available as a phone app

A pilot is being undertaken with a few selected community pharmacies in Plymouth.

Link to videos showing inhaler technique on NEW Devon CCGs website.