For Patients

Asthma Action Plans
All people with asthma should have an asthma action plan. An asthma action plan (also called a management plan) is a written plan that you develop with your doctor to help control your asthma (CDC).
Asthma Action Plans for ages 0-11 in English and Spanish
Asthma Action Plans for ages 12 and older in English and Spanish

How to Use Your Inhaler
This video from Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota illustrates how to use an inhaler to get the right amount of medicine directly to where you need it in your lungs.  It also shows you how to teach someone else to use an inhaler.  Connecticut hospitals' Respiratory Therapy leaders selected the video as demonstrating best practices.  In addition to what you see on the video, these three issues are very important:

  1. Priming the inhaler: (This is required before first use, or if inhaler not used for previous 2 weeks.) Press the inhaler to release four test sprays into the air away from the face.
  2. Spacer whistling sound: This means you are breathing too fast to absorb the medicine.  Slow down your inhale time.
  3. Temperature control: Avoid leaving the inhaler device in extreme hot or cold temperatures.