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Fun film to help children use asthma inhalers effectively

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A short film that is designed to help encourage children with asthma to use their inhalers effectively has been released today.

The film, Jack Blows His Own Trumpet, has been launched by health education charity Education for Health to mark World Asthma Day on 2 May.

“Many miss out unnecessarily on enjoying important everyday activities”

Monica Fletcher

It features a poem that tells the story of a little boy, Jack, who longs to play the trumpet in a band but is unable to because of his asthma.

Inspired by his friend Molly, Jack learns to take his inhalers correctly and fulfils his dream. The film includes colourful illustrations of Jack, his friend Molly and a herd of trumpeting elephants.

Health professionals, teachers, parents and children’s activity leaders will be encouraged to share the film with children with asthma, said Education for Health.

It was written by the charity’s chief executive Monica Fletcher and Jane Scullion, a charity trustee and respiratory nurse consultant at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Both described themselves as passionate about improving the lives of children with asthma and ensuring inhalers are taken correctly.

They added that they were delighted the characters in their poem had been brought to life in the animated film.

Monica Fletcher

Monica Fletcher

Monica Fletcher

Ms Fletcher, a nurse by background, also chairs the UK Inhaler Group (UKIG), a coalition of not-for-profit organisations and professional societies with a common interest in promoting the correct use of inhaled therapies. Ms Scullion is a professional advisor to the group.

Ms Fletcher said: “Sadly, we know far too many children with asthma, a serious medical condition, are reluctant, or unable, to use their inhalers properly and this can have a huge impact on their lives.

“Many miss out unnecessarily on enjoying important everyday activities such as sport or music,” she said. “This is unacceptable and often unnecessary if their asthma is managed properly.

“We hope this film will provide a fun way for those who care for children with asthma to get across an important message about effective inhaler use and encourage these children to take part in a whole range of activities and enjoy life to the full,” she added.

Meanwhile, an interactive new website has also been launched today with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of accurate inhaler technique among nurses and other healthcare professionals.

The free site promotes guidance from UKIG on inhaler standards and competency, which was first published in January.

 

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