Asthma – getting the essentials right

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Satellite Asthma – getting the essentials right
Speakers Lynn Elsey (Lead respiratory Pharmacist, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester)
Satellite Description

The role of the pharmacist in getting asthma care right first time is essential.  The areas in which a pharmacist can improve care include inhaler technique, adherence monitoring, highlighting over use of SABA and education.  

There are currently 3 guidelines available for the treatment of asthma BTS/SIGN, NICE and GINA, which can cause confusion.   This session will discuss the differences between these guidelines and how they can be utilised.  There is a focus on self-management and we will discuss how we can teach our patients to self-manage and the importance of inhaler technique and asthma management plans.   

Lynn Elsey has worked as a respiratory pharmacist for 10 years, firstly in paediatrics and now in adult severe asthma.  She works within the North West Severe Asthma Network, the largest network for severe asthma.  Within this role she co-ordinates the approval of biologic therapies across the network and assesses new patients referred to the network hub at Wythenshawe hospital, Manchester.  An essential part of her role involves assessing patient’s adherence to inhaled therapies to ensure optimal asthma control. 

She is a pharmacist committee member of the Severe Asthma Nurses Network and has recently been involved in developing an education programme on asthma with the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.

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