Vitalograph Support IPCRG for World Asthma Day

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World Asthma Day was held on May 7th, an event held each year by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to raise awareness of asthma worldwide.

The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) state asthma is under-diagnosed and under-treated across the globe, creating a substantial burden to individuals and families and possibly restricting individuals’ activities for a lifetime. This year’s World Asthma Day theme was “Never too early, never too late. It’s always the right time to address airways disease.” The theme provided a call to action for both healthcare providers and patients to evaluate symptoms and take actions to ensure that asthma is controlled.

In response to this call to action Vitalograph donated a number of Aerosol Inhalation Monitors (AIM) to members of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) in Ireland, Portugal, Greece, Netherlands, Romania and Vietnam in an effort to identify and improve global inhaler technique and in turn improve patient outcomes.

The Vitalograph Aerosol Inhalation Monitor (AIM) device can help healthcare professional to assess their patient’s inhaler technique by objective measurement of the essential parameters of correct inhaler use. In addition the AIM can assist in discovering whether a DPI (Dry Powder Inhaler), a MDI (Metered Dosage Inhaler) or an MDI used with an aerosol holding chamber (or Spacer) would suit the individual’s needs best.

The IPCRG seem to have put the AIM to good use following World Asthma Day:

  • IPCRG members in the Netherlands are using the AIM device in their Inhaler Research Workgroup
  • IPCRG members in Romania used the device at the Romanian Respiratory Group Asthma workshop, meant to help family doctors improve diagnosis and patients' adherence to treatments.
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  • IPCRG members at the University of Crete are assessing the benefits of using the AIM device in their forthcoming Asthma research study
  • IPCRG members in Ireland are using the device in general practice to improve inhaler technique and patient outcomes.
  • IPCRG members in Vietnam used the AIM at their recent World Asthma Day event to raise awareness of inhaler devices and offering support and training to GP’s within the Asthma and COPD outpatient care (ACOCU) network.
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Vitalograph continue to support work to improve the lives of people with asthma. Find out more about the AIM by visiting www.vitalograph.eu/products/5/inhaler-training.

Discover more about GINA activities and asthma guidelines by visiting www.ginasthma.org.