Zephyr Guide

Version: 1.0.2 | Cost: Entirely Free

Level 2 - Self Managed
Country: United Kingdom
Category: COPD, Asthma
Released: 22/05/2017
Updated: 22/05/2017
Version: 1.0.2
Size: 151mb
Developer: Cambridge Medtech Solutions
Reviewed On: 07/02/2018
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 87% which is an Above Average score. This app ranked 4th when compared with other comparable Level 2 apps.
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Developer description
Free Animated Guide for 'Press and Breathe' Metered Dose Inhalers (MDI's) Inhaler technique guide suitable for patients using inhalers such as Atrovent inhaler, Salamol inhaler, Clenil Modulite inhaler, Flixotide Evohaler, Fostair inhaler, Flutiform inhaler, Qvar inhaler, Seretide Evohaler, Ventolin Evohaler, Sirdupla inhaler and Symbicort inhaler ------------------ For patients with Asthma or COPD, inhaling medicine can be a very effective delivery pathway – but often it is not! 8 in 10 patients have difficulty using their life-saving inhalers • Inhalers can be difficult to use, and this can mean poorer health, risk of flare-ups and visits to hospital. • A good technique can help easier breathing, improved health and better quality of life. Good training means good technique • This guide will remind you what your doctor, nurse or pharmacist told you. • Speak to them if you have any questions about using your inhalers. • This guide is consistent with published guidance. • This guide has been independently reviewed with patients, carers, practice nurses, pharmacists, GPs, respiratory consultants, a psychotherapist, health education organisations / charities and inhaler experts. Check Regularly • Most people struggle to maintain good technique 6 weeks after training. • Check this guide every month to continually improve your technique. • "If at first you don't succeed; try, try and try again" ------------------ App reviews from patients: • "Very clear" • "Simple to follow" • "I cannot go wrong following this guide" • "When newly diagnosed, this guide is a good place to start" App reviews from healthcare professionals: • "Inhaler technique is a massive challenge for our patients” • “The first thing you do when you see someone with uncontrolled asthma is check their inhaler technique, that’s number one” • “This is a good description of how to do it” • "This guide is very simple and clear" • "Spot on!" • "If patients follow this guide, most will live their life symptom free" ------------------ Some of the most common inhaler technique mistakes observed and reported by the NHS, Asthma UK and other groups / charities are: • Pressing the canister before inhalation • Pressing the canister too late • Inhaling too fast • Pressing the canister twice during single inhalation • Not continuing to breathe in after pressing the canister • Not holding breath after inhalation ------------------ Zephyr Guide based on guidance published by or available from: • Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (www.arns.co.uk) • Asthma UK (www.asthma.org.uk/advice/inhalers-medicines-treatments/using-inhalers) • Education for Health (www.educationforhealth.org) • European Respiratory Society (www.ers-education.org/lrmedia/2016/pdf/298394.pdf) • Greater Manchester Inhaler Technique Improvement Innovation Project and Wessex AHSN (www.wessexahsn.org.uk/videos/show/140) • NHS (www.beta.nhs.uk/medicines/salbutamol-inhaler/) • PrescQIPP (www.prescqipp.info/respiratory#inhaler-technique-assessment-videos-and-leaflets) • Primary Care Respiratory Society UK (www.pcrs-uk.org/inhaler-technique-tips) • UK Inhaler Group (www.respiratoryfutures.org.uk/programmes/uk-inhaler-group/educational-videos-and-reviews) • all web sites accessed and viewed in March / April 2017
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We have identified that this App provides the following key features:

General Information

This App provides general information and guidance about the health issue, challenge or condition in question to help end users understanding and knowledge.

Social Support

This App provides access to a wider social support network (virtual or real), relevant to the health area or condition it is aimed at.

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This app achieved a Average score compared to other Apps in Level 2.

Data Collection

This App doesn't collect your data.

Because this App doesn’t collect Data there is minimal risk to your privacy and confidentiality from the use of this App

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This app achieved a Above Average score compared to other Apps in Level 2.

Professional Assurance

It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.

It was clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

Testing

It was clear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its development.

Regulation

It isn't likely that this App could be viewed as a medical device that would require such an assessment.

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This app achieved a Above Average score compared to other Apps in Level 2.

Customisation

The App does provide customisable features.

End User Capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight. The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.

Support

The App does appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.

Cost

The App is entirely free to use.

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