Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Few people know how to properly use the medical devices that contain lifesaving medications for severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks, a new study shows.

Just 16 percent knew the correct way to use an epinephrine injector for someone with a life-threatening allergy. And only 7 percent knew how to use an asthma inhaler as directed.

“This isn’t a new concern. We always worry about our patients, especially those with food allergies,” said one of the study’s authors, Dr. Aasia Ghazi, from the Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Dallas.

“We had a patient call in the middle of a reaction, and she didn’t remember how to use the epinephrine injector. That’s why we looked to see what’s going on, and what are the barriers that keep patients from using these devices properly?” Ghazi explained.

The study was published…

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