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Inhaler Accessibility: Can I Tell My Inhalers Apart Without Seeing Them?

Often, patients and their doctors refer to inhalers by their colors. In this video, I do an experiment to identify my inhalers without sight, and discuss how inhalers might be made more accessible to those with vision impairments.

If they didn’t have colors, would you be able to tell your inhalers apart?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Kats
    4 months ago

    I used to tell by the colors until one of my rescue in halers was the same color as a maintenance. Now I pay attention to size, counters and name

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    4 months ago

    Hi Kats, and thanks for joining in this conversation. Despite the colors, the safest and most accurate way to determine which inhaler is which is to read the label. Keep up the good work!! Leon (site moderator)

  • Shellzoo
    4 months ago

    My inhalers all feel very different. Symbicort is all plastic and feels very light. Spiriva of course feels different and is heavy. Ventolin has a smooth feel to the plastic and a little weight to it. I also store my inhalers in separate compartments of a cheap dollar store shower caddy so I always know which is which. Everything is organized. My vision is good so not an issue for me but I agree that there should be good instructions for those with vision problems.

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