Peak Flow Meters

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

People with asthma should develop an asthma management program with their physician. One of the tools in this program should be a peak flow meter. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this useful device in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Asthma is a serious condition that requires diligent attention by the patient, family and physician. All patients with asthma should have an asthma management program developed by their physician.

One very useful tool is the peak flow meter. A peak flow meter is a portable, inexpensive, hand-held device used to measure your ability to push air out of your lungs.

Peak flow meters may be provided in two ranges to measure the air pushed out of your lungs. A low-range peak flow meter is for small children, and a standard range meter is for older children, teenagers and adults.

The peak flow is useful to your physician in knowing how to adjust medication to prevent and treat asthma attacks. Changes in peak flow often occur even before the asthmatic is aware of problems. It can also be useful in determining specific asthma triggers.

Several types of peak flow meters are available. Talk to your health care provider or pharmacist about which type to use.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.