Patients experiencing respiratory illness and arthritis are striving to maintain their disease under control. However, the inhalers used in such cases are very troublesome for the patients to use properly, according to a recent research.
Study’s authors stated that doctors must examine if patients suffering from respiratory illness and arthritis are really able to properly use the so-necessary inhalers.
“Pharmacists, doctors, and nurses need to make these easy checks not only to help patients achieve better outcomes but also reduce demand on the NHS, not to mention taking away the stress and irritation of a complex and difficult process for the patient,” declared Matthew Jones, one author of the research.
Approximately all the patients with arthritis and respiratory disorders can’t use inhalers
Respiratory disorders such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and asthma are affecting almost every patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is negatively impacting fingers’ fine movements leaving the patients completely helpless. Thus, it is hard for the patients in this condition to properly use their inhalers to maintain their respiratory disorders under control.
The researchers selected a few patients suffering from arthritis. The scientists noted how the subjects used the given inhalers. In the end, they compared the results to the ones of a control group formed by healthy people.
The shocking result revealed that 85% of the subjects suffering from arthritis couldn’t properly use their inhalers, thus they didn’t administer the needed concentration of medication.
“No one wants to see patients struggle needlessly to take the medicines they need to manage serious conditions,” the study’s authors concluded.
A future electronic inhaler can offer the solution to this problem
The newly developed inhaler employs an electronic system that synchronizes with the breathing. The digital device recognizes the user’s inspiration and then automatically releases steam through an electronic ejector.
The new device can also sync with your smartphone to keep track of usage and to see if the treatment has been properly followed.
Currently, the smart electronic inhaler is not approved for general use as it awaits the FDA approval.