The Color Of Inhalers: Part 2 - Asthma.net

Partly 1 I described the inhaler shade coding system. It was a security mechanism. It was purported to be sure to didn’t seize the flawed inhaler throughout bronchial asthma assaults. The system went like this:
Rescue Inhaler: Blue
Controller inhaler: Brown
This was established again within the day when all inhalers had been metered dose inhalers (MDIs). As we speak, you’ve got quite a lot of MDIs and DPIs. Plus you even have quite a lot of generics. Every firm needs to make their product feel and appear completely different. However, the intent of those variations don’t appear to have the protection of the affected person in thoughts.
As we speak, some rescue inhalers are blue, however some are crimson, some are white, some are orange. A few of these inhalers have distinctive feels to them. I suppose you may get used to that. Nevertheless, what if you happen to had a prescription for Proair and Symbicort. Each of those inhalers feel and appear very related.
A option to inform a distinction
So, how can we distinguish between rescue and controller inhalers. An concept tossed round is common dots. This shade system can be like this. 1
Blue dot. Brief Performing Beta Agonist (SABA). This would come with rescue medication like Ventolin and ProAir.
Brown dot. Inhaled corticosteroid (ICS). This would come with controller medication like Qvar and Azmanex.
Inexperienced dot. Lengthy Performing Beta Agonist. This would come with controller medication like Serevent and Formoterol.
Yellow dot. Anticholinergic (Muscarinic). This would come with controller medication like Atrovent and Spiriva.
Blue and brown dots: Mixture inhaler with each a SABA and ICS. I can’t consider any medication that at the moment suits this class.
Inexperienced and Brown dots: Mixture inhaler with each a LABA and ICS. This would come with Advair, Symbicort, Dulera, and Breo.
Blue and yellow dots: Mixture inhalers with each a LABA and anticholinergic. This would come with medication like Combivent.
Inexperienced and yellow dots: Mixture inhalers with each a SABA and an anticholinergic. This would come with controller medication like Stiolto, Anoro, and Utibron.
Inexperienced, brown, and yellow dots. This would come with medicines that embody three medicines: LABA, ICS, and muscarinic. The one instance I can consider right here is the brand new medication known as Trelegy.
I believe this might be an excellent concept.
Going a step additional to actually know the distinction
However, as I mentioned in my final submit, I might go a step additional. Many bronchial asthma assaults happen at night time. So, you roll over and seize an inhaler. You could have each ProAir and Symbicort. It’s darkish in your room. How have you learnt you’ve got the rescue inhaler (ProAir on this case)?
That is the place I believe a Braille system would work good. Imbeded within the facet of the ProAir inhaler may very well be a Braille B for blue Rescue inhaler. Imbeded within the facet of Symbicort inhaler may very well be a braille G for LABA and B for ICS. Now you’ve got a pleasant little system down.
There you go. I’m patenting this concept. Or registering or trademarking or no matter you name it. Nonetheless, I believe some system of distinguishing inhalers is required. I like the concept. What about you?

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