NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update Acute

New Inhaler Identification Guide

Respiratory Inhalers – Identification Guide Version 3  

  • The ‘Respiratory Inhalers – Identification Guide’ has been updated to include a number of new inhaler devices. Hard copies will be sent to wards across NHSGGC over the coming weeks. In addition to these, the guide is also available as an electronic copy here.
  • The guide contains recommendations for inhaler supply and an identification section. The identification section provides a visual guide of different types of inhalers and devices. It also includes dosing advice and an example of how the inhaler should be prescribed on the medicine prescription form (Kardex).

The guide has two main aims:

  1. To aid medicines reconciliation and ensure continuity of care for patients on inhalers

  2. To help prevent waste by reducing the issue of incorrect inhalers to patients:

  • Approximately £1.6 million was spent in 2015/16 on inhalers within NHSGGC Acute.
  • Inhaler devices can be expensive. Some devices cost up to £60.
  • Inhalers are particularly prone to wastage as once they are issued to a patient they cannot be re-used.

What’s new?

Version 3 replaces Version 2 and contains a number of new inhaler devices including a new section on the long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA)/long-acting beta2 agonist (LABA) combination inhalers.

 

Information for Medical staff

  • Read the ‘Recommendations for inhaler supply’ section on page 1 of the guide.
  • Use the guide to aid identification of the correct inhaler and device type where possible with patients when carrying out medicines reconciliation and when prescribing inhalers on the medicine prescription form (Kardex).
  • Use the examples of the medicine prescription forms (Kardexes) to guide correct prescribing and ensure patients receive the correct inhaler and device type. This will help prevent wastage and improve continuity of care.

Information for Nursing staff

  • Read the ‘Recommendations for inhaler supply’ section on page 1 of the guide.
  • If you need to order or issue an inhaler, use the guide with the help of the patient where possible to ensure you can identify the correct inhaler and device type. This will help to reduce waste by ensuring the correct inhaler and device type is used.

Information for Pharmacy staff

  • Use the guide to aid identification of the correct inhaler and device type where possible with patients when verifying medicines reconciliation.

If you have any questions or feedback about the guide or if you require a copy, email Medinfo@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.

Published 03/07/17