“ Manufacturer: Physical Company „
I was diagnosed with having asthma when I was 13 and over the years it has become worse, especially in the run up to winter and in spring when the pollen count increases. At first, I was able to control my asthma by taking a puff of my inhaler as and when required; i.e. if I felt wheezy, tight chest etc. However, over the years my asthma was getting worse so I was given two different inhalers which many people will recognise, the brown & blue inhalers. I started taking the brown one daily and the blue one as and when required which helped. However, during spring when the pollen count increased and my hay fever played up or when the cold, damp days & nights came, my asthma starts to play up.
After several visits to the doctor, they recommended I monitored my peak flow and jotted down the details for a month. To do this I was given a basic peak-flow meter which did as it was meant to, although I didn't think it gave as accurate a result. However, a work colleague recommended this particular peak flow metre as her son was using it and it was easy & practical to use, with the details being displayed clearly on the side. So after some consideration, I decided I would buy one as well.
The metre doesn't have a particular pleasant appearance about it and looks quite dated. However, that's not the point of the metre! As long as it does as its meant to and helps me monitor my asthma, that's all that really matters. I find that the digital display makes it extremely easy to record the readings and to get an exact, accurate detail.
The metre is extremely easy to use as all you need to do is blow in to the mouth piece and in a short distance of time, the results are displayed. Not only this, but the metre will store up to 90 of my readings, so if I happen to lose the readings I have noted, I can guarantee they will still be on my metre! How convenient is that? It is now a lot easier to get treatment I need when my asthma is playing up. Usually, before I had a peak flow metre I would have to go to the doctors and then possibly back again before giving steroids for a week to clear up my lungs. However, now if I go down with my readings, I am guaranteed to get the treatment I need and deserve.
The peak flow metre is easy to use and kept clean and hygienic. It is easy to clean the mouth piece and the buttons on the metre are clearly displayed. You will also be provided with an instruction booklet when buying the metre.
The metre is quiet expensive considering I got the one provided by the NHS on prescription. However, this one cost me around £40.00 but for what I have got from the metre, it has been worth every penny.
As a chronic asthmatic with very acute spells of uncontrolled asthma i find my peak flow measurement gives me clout with my Gp as to how bad my asthma is.
The medics now go on what your best is rather than what your predicted is so always try to know what you can "blow" when you are well.
I "do" my peak flow everyday in the morning and in the evening even when am well as sometimes it will dip before i become unwell.
Peak flow meters only last six months as the spring inside looses it elasticity and can give you an untrue reading.
Also as am a staff nurse on an acute medical ward it is very helpful when an asthamtic comes into hospital if they bring their own peak flow meter with them so there is continuation. As the hospital meters could be old.
before i go on can i please just say many people have told me i need to write longer reviews, i have trouble writing what i do, i cant use my hands, and rely on a helmet with a stick on with which i type. so i do try my best to type for as long as i can.
as said in the other review, a peak flow is a must for any asthamtic, or anyone with long term breathing problems.
Plus it does shut the docotr up when you say i cant breath right. They follow this with, whats your peak flow, let's see, at which point i puff out a mer 200 -250,a nd they say " yes, you are having trouble", as if they wont take your word alone as evidence enough, nor the wheeze like an old wind bag every time you suck in or force out air.
they come in various sizes, you can get little ones to go into your handbag, easy to carry around, or you can get the big old things, wich i still manage to llose!
As my regular readers already know, I suffer from asthma. When I went to the doctors a few years ago he introduced me to a peak flow meter. “Anna, this is Mr Peak Flow,” said my doctor. “Hello Mr Peak Flow.” “Hello Anna, let me measure your peak flow.” “Okay, what do you want me to do?” “Blow, blow as hard as you can.” “Where shall I blow Mr Peak Flow?” “Into my long tube, take a deep breath and blow as hard as you can.” I puffed into the tube. My doctor looked quite upset. “You can do better than that Anna. Blow into Mr Peak Flow again, this time harder.” I huffed and puffed as much as I could. The marker on Mr Peak Flow shot up. “That is more satisfying Anna. You may have just reached you peak.” “Thanks Mr Peak Flow.” “Thank you Anna, I do hope you come again soon.” Okay so it didn’t quite happen like that. Sorry to disappoint you all but Mr Peak Flow could not really talk. He was only a hand held device used to measure how the air flowed from my lungs in one fast blast. In other words this little device measures the ability to push air out of your lungs. Many people who have asthma can benefit from using a peak flow meter. A peak flow meter can help you and your doctor monitor your asthma. These measurements can be important and help your doctor prescribe medicines to keep your asthma in control. Anyone from the age of three can use a peak flow meter although you can get different ones for smaller children. I have a standard peak floe meter, which is suitable for older children, teenagers and adults. A peak flow meter can help you when your asthma is getting worse. Asthmas sometimes changes gradually and a peak flow meter can show changes before you feel them. If you know how to control your asthma this can prevent hospital visits.
A peak flow meter works on a scale of 0-800. This confuses some people, as they don’t know what the usual achievement is. When I first got my peak flow meter I was not sure what my aim was. The secret is there is no aim. You just do the best you can and you can monitor your asthma around your best reading not the boys next door. There is a table available showing a normal average peak expiratory flow for different heights. It says a normal person my height would show a reading of 460. I often struggle to get 350. If you or your child have asthma and don’t own a peak flow meter, ask your doctor to prescribe you one. They do last a lifetime so it is an inexpensive way of monitoring your condition. I especially recommend them for children as it helps parents monitor their child’s asthma and can improve their health. Many doctors recommend you keep a chart showing your peak flow readings on. It tells you to measure your peak flow twice a day, first thing in the morning , and at bedtime. Each time you measure your peak flow you should take your best reading out of three. You then need to plot your highest reading on the graph. By joining the dots on the graph you can see how your peak flow varies from one day to the next. You can also measure if you become wheezy or feel an attack coming on. Peak flow meters should be cleaned at least once every sixth months and should only be used by one person. I must admit when I first got mine everyone had a go to see who had the most puff. No prizes for guessing who lost. Anyway what I am really trying to say by writing this opinion is a peak flow meter is a must for asthmatics. It really does help and in the long run can prove to be a lifesaver. Take Care and sorry for the boring read, Anna (Grimsbygal)
A Peak Flow Meter is a portable, inexpensive, hand-held device used to measure how air flows from your lungs in one fast blast. In other words the Meter measures your ability to push air out of your lungs. This model will store up to 90 readings in its memory. This means no more tedious charts and graphs - accurate information is stored in the meter and can be recalled onto its LCD screen at the touch of a button.