Here are HealthCare4All’s Top 4 Peak Flow Meters

 

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HealthCare4All’s Top 4 Peak Flow Meters

 

As I lay in bed aching from head to toe with ‘The Flu‘ a few weeks ago, I thought with so many respiratory problems around at this time of year why not tell you about my favourite Peak Flow meters. HealthCare4all.co.uk has a great selection to choose from.

So what is Peak Flow?

Very simply it is a lung function test to measure how fast you can exhale. You take a full breath in, then blow out as fast as you can into a small, hand-held plastic tube called a peak flow meter. The measurement taken is called your peak flow.

When is it used?

A GP or asthma nurse might use a peak flow test to help see how open your airways are – they often use this test when you first tell them you’re experiencing symptoms that might be asthma. Your GP or asthma nurse should do a peak flow test at every annual asthma review as part of their routine checks.

This test is also useful for monitoring your asthma using a peak flow diary alongside a symptom diary and your asthma action plan. Take a look at www.asthma.org.uk for some more information.

Peak flow readings will vary depending on your age, your height and whether you’re a man or a woman. This test shows how your individual lung function changes.

Although your peak flow reading may be different in the morning or at night, it’s the pattern your scores make that’s important, rather than one score on its own. Most people have a best peak flow reading so you’ll be able to see when your reading goes up and down.

Keeping track of your peak flow whilst monitoring your symptoms can help you spot when your asthma is getting worse and when you need to use your reliever inhaler (usually blue) or get medical help.

eMini-Wright Digital Peak Flow Meter USB Download Version £29.99 (inc VAT)

Peak flow monitoring is a recognised tool in asthma management. Keeping accurate manual peak flow meter records is sometimes difficult, the eMini-Wright brings peak flow monitoring up-to-date. The eMini-Wright is a small, discreet electronic peak flow meter that accurately measures and stores peak flow data. The data can be retrieved and downloaded to a PC. The eMini-Wright reports if a peak flow effort is not part of a reproducible group of readings.

Features and benefits

Highly accurate peak flow measurements; conforms to international standards
Stores 240 readings
Easy to clean by simple wiping
On-screen zoning system
On-screen reporting of poor effort and non-reproducible results
Replaceable battery (CR2032)
Display: Liquid crystal
Size: 95 x 40 x 45mm
Weight: 43gms
Measurement range: 60 to 800 L/min
Resolution: PEF 5L/min
Accuracy: ±10% or 10 L/min – whichever is the greater

Will require a USB “A” to mini “B” cable – not supplied, but readily available from electronics suppliers
The software can be downloaded free of charge from Clement Clarke and is not supplied in the package
Software is compatible with Windows XP (SP3), Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

eMini-Wright Digital Peak Flow Meter Standard Version £17.99 (inc VAT)

eMini-Wright-Digital-Peak-Flow-Meter-Standard-Version

Peak flow monitoring is a recognised tool in asthma management. Keeping accurate manual peak flow meter records is sometimes difficult, the eMini-Wright brings peak flow monitoring up-to-date. The eMini-Wright is a small, discreet electronic peak flow meter that accurately measures and stores peak flow data. The eMini-Wright reports if a peak flow effort is not part of a reproducible group of readings.

Highly accurate peak flow measurements; conforms to international standards
Stores 240 readings
Easy to clean by simple wiping
On-screen zoning system
On-screen reporting of poor effort and non-reproducible results
Replaceable battery (CR2032)
Display: Liquid crystal
Size: 95 x 40 x 45mm
Weight: 43gms
Measurement range: 60 to 800 L/min
Resolution: PEF 5L/min
Accuracy: ±10% or 10 L/min – whichever is the greater

N.B. There are 2 models available – BASIC and DOWNLOADABLE. If you intend to transfer your readings to a computer you must ensure you purchase the DOWNLOADABLE version to begin with (not this item).

PikoNet Software & Cradle for Piko-1 and Piko-6 Peak Flow Meters £100.00 (inc VAT)

PikoNet Software & Cradle for Piko-1 and Piko-6 Peak Flow Meters

  • Professional version – suitable for home or professional use
  • Compatible with the Piko-1 and Piko-6 peak flow meters.
  • Simplicity. Easily download data via infrared port on PiKo and cradle.
  • Graphical Customization. Viewed parameters selectable for table and graphs as well as dates, data, scales, and zones. Graphical data selectable for morning, afternoon, or all day.
  • Intelligent Design. PiKoNET configures PiKos with zones and reference values. Automatically calculates diurnal varition and links serial number(s) of PiKo(s) to the patient record.
  • Reporting. Reports include patient data, tables, and graphs that can be previewed on screen, printed, or saved as a PDF file on the patient’s record.
  • Records. Patient Records include ID, patient demographics, and reference values.
  • Security. Password protected databases can be created for storing patient records in groups or for trials.
  • Includes software CD, USB interface cradle, manual
  • New version of software (2.1) will work with 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems such as Windows Vista, Windows 7 and 8, but is not compatible with older versions of Windows.
  • The previous version of the software is compatible with the older versions of Windows  (Win 98, ME, 2000, XP) – if you need the older version please specify at the time of ordering.
  • Minimum requirements: 64Mb RAM, 500Mb HDD

Mini Wright Peak Flow Meter LOW Range EU Scale £11.99 (inc VAT

Measures PEF (peak expiratory flow) between 50-400 l/min
Suitable for children and adults with restricted airflow

Features the latest EU scale, developed to improve the management of respiratory disease and adopted across Europe
Includes detachable universal mouthpiece and recording chart

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Advice for reducing asthma symptoms and the chances of having an asthma attack

Getting diagnosed with asthma can be daunting. Though with the right medication and care, asthma patients can stay fit, healthy and lead a normal life. As well as taking your regular asthma medication, there are certain lifestyle habits you can adopt and things to avoid that can help reduce asthma symptoms and the chances of an attack occurring.

Don’t smoke

As Asthma.org warns, smoking and breathing in other people’s smoke aggravates asthma and makes it worse in the long-term as it causes damage to the lungs that is permanent. In fact such is the negative impact smoking has on asthma sufferers that 82 percent of people with the respiratory condition inform Asthma.org that tobacco smoke affects their asthma.

Breathing in smoke, either first or second-hand, can also trigger an asthma attack. As Dr Mike Thomas from Asthma UK told NHS.uk:

“Smoke acts as an irritant and can trigger asthma attacks. It makes inhaled medicine less effective. As a result, you’re likely to need to take bigger doses of inhaled steroid medication.”

Avoid being exposed to asthma triggers

Numerous things can trigger asthma and one person’s triggers might be considerably different to another’s. Some of the most common asthma triggers include animal hair, pollen, airborne irritants, such as cigarette smoke, dust mites, pollution in the atmosphere and chemical fumes.

An asthma sufferer usually knows what environments can trigger their asthma and can therefore do their best to avoid being exposed to such “asthma triggers.”

Wrap up in cold weather

Cold weather can have a serious impact on asthma, so much so that according to Asthma UK, three quarters of people who have the condition say that cold air can trigger their symptoms. Cher Piddock, an Asthma UK nurse, warns of the dangers cold weather can have on people with asthma:

“Hospital admissions for asthma traditionally peak during periods of particularly cold weather. This can be due to breathing cold air into the lungs, which can in turn trigger asthma, as well as picking up colds and flu.”

It is therefore important that if you do have to go out in very cold weather, to wrap up warm and cover up your nose and mouth with a scarf. You should also have an asthma inhaler close by.

Keep pets out of bedrooms

As animal fur is a key asthma trigger it is wise to keep pets out of bedrooms. As well as keeping pets out of bedrooms, try and keep them off the furniture so if you are prone to asthma attacks you are not in direct contact with the pet hair.

Reduce stress

As Health Communities inform, worry and intense emotions can intensify asthma symptoms. Consequently it is important for people with asthma to try and relieve feelings of stress and worry and make time for doing things that they enjoy and helps them relax.

Use precautionary respiratory aids

Respiratory aids can be an effective way to help asthma sufferers breathe more easily. For example, the Salitair Inhaler Therapy Asthma and Allergy, a clinically tested pipe that is filled with salt crystals that provide a salty microclimate, can effectively calm and cleanse the cells of the respiratory system to aid easier breathing.

If you do suffer from this condition in which 5.4 million people in Britain alone are currently receiving treatment for, it is important that you keep asthma inhalers and other medication for the respiratory condition close by.

To find out more about treating asthma visit the NHS.uk Asthma treatment page.

For more advice and tips about different aspects of our health and wellbeing, keep returning to Healthcare4all.co.uk’s regularly updated blog.

 

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Types of Asthma Inhalers

Asthma inhalers are basically geared for those suffering from asthma attacks, a device which is geared in the administration of medicine as treatment for asthmatics and asthma attacks.

As home medical products, they work with the human body’s natural breathing process, with asthma inhalers typically introducing medicines through the mouth. As there are different degrees and types of asthmatic conditions, there are different types of asthma inhalers out in the market today.

Here are three of the most basic types of asthma inhalers.
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