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Asthma device 'could change lives'

15 March 2012 09:24

A company has developed a new asthma inhaler training device that helps people make the best use of their inhaler

A company has developed a new asthma inhaler training device that helps people make the best use of their inhaler

A new asthma inhaler training device designed to help people make the best use of their inhalers could be a "life-changing technology", the company behind it has said.

Cambridge Consultants said many asthma patients do not use their inhaler properly, which can make their condition more severe.

The T-Haler training device could be particularly useful for asthma sufferers planning to go on holiday. These holidaymakers should also consider taking out travel insurance with medical conditions before embarking on their trip.

The device uses interactive software which is connected to a wireless asthma training inhaler. Patients are asked to use the inhaler and then receive visual feedback on their performance and the areas they need to work on.

More than 50 participants took part in a recent study, which showed an improvement in average success rates from 20% to more than 60%.

Kate Farrell, senior design engineer for medical technology at Cambridge Consultants, said: "Without any human direction beyond the word 'go', participants went from around a 20% success rate without training to a success rate of more than 60% after only three minutes with the T-Haler device."

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