MySpira Paediatric Asthma Metered Dosage Inhaler Training
Available on both app stores, MySpira has been developed to help children understand what Asthma is, and how to manage it with a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI). Aligned to developing asthma curriculum.
MySpira uses augmented reality and gamification to improve child engagement and understanding of Asthma and inhaler technique.
Reduces Hospital Admissions, strain on primary care, carbon footprint, use of SABA medicine, cost of care and improves patient welfare.
Available on both app stores, MySpira has been developed to help children understand what Asthma is, and how to manage it with a Metered Dosage Inhaler (MDI).
MySpira is closely aligned to the developing asthma curriculum and it does not require GP or healthcare professional intervention.
Research by University of Suffolk found that MySpira outperformed other learning materials, including leaflets and videos, especially in children aged between six and nine years. The augmented-reality app aims to teach children how to use their inhalers correctly - as research shows that 97% of young asthma sufferers don’t use the breathing aids correctly. MySpira allows children to virtually learn and practice their inhaler technique, resulting in better control of asthma and hence fewer serious or fatal attacks.
MySpira may enhance the level of available asthma care and education, which may attempt to resolve one of the major problems facing asthma suffers and their carers, that of non-adherence to medication.
MySpira supports digital inclusion for families across the UK, encouraging and providing full availability and access in public spaces, such as schools, libraries, clinics and nurseries.
Asthma is the most common long-term medical condition in children in the UK, with around 1 in 11 children and young people living with asthma.
The UK has one of the highest prevalence, emergency admission and death rates for childhood asthma in Europe.
Outcomes are worse for children and young people living in the most deprived areas. Now consider that studies have proven 93% of asthma sufferers use their inhalers incorrectly. Additionally, there is a lack of time to provide proper asthma healthcare training (the mean duration of a GP surgery consultation is between 9.22 - 10.22 minutes).
Using gamification and augmented reality, MySpira provides critical Asthma and MDI training to paediatric patients aged 6-13.
MySpira could potentially reduce hospital admissions for 5-15 year olds by 50%, saving lives, as well as save the NHS £4.1m - £3m per annum relating to direct costs of this.
- Effective asthma education and adherence is likely to reduce SABA use to less than 3 times a week equating to 2 inhalers per annum.
- Better education around inhaler technique has been predicted to reduce inhaler use from 3 to 2 per annum, reducing the carbon footprint per paediatric patient by 20kg, meaning an annual saving 10,691,100kg of CO2 in the UK every year.
- An Asthma appointment costs the NHS on average: £10.33 for an Asthma nurse (lasting
15.5 minutes) and £33.70 for a GP to carry out (lasting 9.22 minutes)
- MySpira could potentially reduce the time required by Health Care Professionals (HCPs) through better patient understanding.
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