Most families in the Emergency Department will talk about their child’s “blue” and “brown” inhaler. Can we, or they, tell which is the reliever and which the preventer?
Click here for a printable table of some common inhalers listed by colour. I have also found a very useful site put together by a pharmacist and a medical student with photos of lots of the inhalers so you can get your patient to identify which one they are on. Take a look at http://www.rch.org.au/clinicalguide/asthmadevices/
|Standard metered dose inhaler (MDI)||
|MDI and spacer||
|Dry powder device||
http://www.asthma.org.uk/health_professionals/materials_to_help_you_your_patients/index.html has a link to a comprehensive information leaflet for young people over the age of 12 who need to take control of their asthma management and understand their condition.
http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/11400/32073/32073.pdf is the 2000 guideline on asthma management in the < 5 year olds
http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?action=byID&r=true&o=11450 is the 2002 guideline for 5-15 year olds