Most People Using Inhalers, Auto-injectors Incorrectly

A new study published by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found most people were using these vital devices incorrectly, which could keep them from getting the medication they need.

Researchers report only 16 percent of the patients instructed to use their injectable epinephrine administered their medication perfectly. The most common error was not holding the pens in place long enough (10 seconds after injecting) allowing the medication to makes its way into their bodies. They were also not placing the needle in the thigh or pushing it down hard enough to activate it.

While only 7 percent of inhaler users had the perfect technique. The most common mistakes for this group was inhaling at the wrong time, thus preventing them from breathing the medicine into their lungs and not shaking the inhaler prior to the second puff.

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