Inhaler Switching Approaches in Asthma and COPD: What Factors to Consider?
In 2019, the NHS became the first healthcare system to commit to reaching net zero carbon emissions.1 Whilst the commitment to become net zero is extremely positive, achieving sustainable healthcare without compromising patient care requires careful thought and consideration. One of the key strategies to help achieve a “net zero NHS” has been to reduce the use of pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDIs) and replacing these with lower carbon footprint inhalers such as dry powder inhalers (DPIs), wherever appropriate.
Currently, different approaches are being used to switch patients from pMDIs to DPIs, which can have varying consequences on patient care. In this on-demand webinar Prof Omar Usmani provides a critical review of the different approaches to inhaler device switching and its potential consequences on patient care.
1. NHS Long Term Plan. Available at https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/nhs-long-term-plan-version-1.2.pdf
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Professor Omar Usmani
Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Consultant Physician & Clinical Director