Before MyAsthmaBag, I don’t think my daughter’s asthma medication had a home. Actually it did, a few. Sometimes on the kitchen bench, sometimes in the kitchen draw, sometimes up in the cupboard with the first-aid gear, some times in my daughter’s bedroom and sometimes in the last bag I used when we went out. The spacer was rarely with the medication and the asthma plan was filed in the office.
After designing MyAsthmaBag, life just got more organised when it came to asthma management. So it wasn’t just school that needed one like I originally thought, it was home as well.
The Asthma Foundation NSW advise in relation to storage of reliever medication:
Manufacturers’ recommendations state that reliever medication should be stored below 30°C; however it is understood in some areas this will be difficult to maintain. Common sense should be used in storing this medication, for example:
- keep it out of direct sunlight
- do not put in the refrigerator or in a cool bag, as moisture may cause problems
- if the medication needs to be used in very low temperatures, take the canister out and warm it between your hands before use. The dose delivered from a very cold device may be much lower than at ‘normal’ temperatures.
If someone other than the primary carer needed to find the medication and equipment in your home quickly – could they? Where do you store yours?
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