What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic condition of the bronchioles, or small airways, inside the lungs. Airways are passages through which air flows, providing oxygen an essential ingredient in maintaining life in the body. Since we need oxygen to live, if there is a lack of it, it is very distressing and even dangerous. You will find more detailed knowledge about asthma on the Asthma New Zealand website: www.asthma-nz.org.nz
How much does this app cost?
It’s free to download and use.
What sort of mobile phone do I require?
The app will work on any iPhone, iPad or iTouch running iOS 4.0.
I don’t have the latest iOS
You should upgrade your iOS on a regular basis to take advantage of all your phone’s capabilities and to ensure you are not putting your data at risk. To upgrade your iOS on your iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod Touch, or iPad, you will first of all have to upgrade iTunes you can upgrade iTunes by clicking here . Once you have updated your iTunes, connect your device, accept the terms and visit the summary page for the device. On that page, you will see a button to “Check for Update”, click on it to see if the new iOS update is available for your device. If there is one, you can then follow the normal upgrade process and your iPhone 3GS, 3G or iPod Touch will be updated to use iOS4.
Do I require a peak flow meter?
Yes. If you can’t find one ask for a free one from your doctor the next time you visit.
Why should you use a peak flow meter?
Peak flow meters should never be the sole monitor for asthma control but it is a useful guide for monitoring symptoms, early detection that an acute episode is about to descend especially if people have a cold. It is also used when there has been a change in medication to monitor that all is well and that asthma is improving plus can be a guide that medication needs to be changed. Peak flow reading are also required for personal best peak flow so that a written action plan can be completed by a GP to help with asthma management. This then gives help in assessing whether your action plan is working. It also enables people to assess when to seek emergency treatment. Peak flows can also assist in the diagnosis of asthma and to assess severity of asthma. Peak flows can also assist in the identification of asthma triggers.
Peak flow can be used by everyone over the age of 5 – 6 years but is dependent of patient effort and so may not give good results if patients do not do the peak flow correctly. Should stand and take a deep breath in and blow out as hard and fast as they can with a good seal around the mouth piece.
Is an Asthma Plan Action the same as a Treatment Plan?
Where can I get an Asthma Action Plan or Treatment Plan from?
When you visit your doctor, you can ask them to provide you with a treatment plan. You can enter the plan straight into your app or get them to fill out a paper plan so you can enter it later. You must enter an up to date plan.
How often should I go to the doctor?
You should visit your doctor every three months.
How often should I do the Asthma Control Test (ACT)?
You should use the ACT every month or as needed. If you are using your blue inhaler for more than two puffs weekly, you should see your doctor to discuss your asthma.
Why do you ask for my age, height, and gender?
By knowing your age, height and gender, the app can calculate what your expected peak flow should be for your age. This also sets the ZONES for the treatment plan so they app can prompt you to implement your treatment plan prescribed by your doctor.
How do I know what my personal best peak flow measurement is?
Measure your peak flow 3 times and record the highest value. This should be done 3 times per week at various times throughout the day to keep a check on your lung function. Measure your peak flow in both am and pm for two weeks to obtain personal best peak flow this becomes your 100% reading on your action plan. Your personal best reading should be done when you are well and once every 12 months. Peak Flow measurement should be done in a standing position for best results.
How do I turn off reminders?
You can turn off your reminders by turning off your notifications for the app in the iOS notification centre.
General Setting > Notifications > Breathe Easy > Select required setting.
Is personal information about me secure?
Your account information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You need to prevent unauthorised access to your account and Personal Information by selecting and protecting your password appropriately, and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account.
Breathe Easy endeavours to safeguard user information to ensure that user account information is kept private. However, Breathe Easy cannot guarantee the security of user account information. Unauthorised entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of user information at any time. Breathe Easy uses Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) which is a combination of Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) with SSL/TLS protocol. HTTPS connections are often used for payment transactions on the World Wide Web and for sensitive transactions in corporate information systems.
If I lose my phone can I recover my data?
Yes, for the last 30 days.
First Time User Tips
Sign in to Breathe Easy by setting up a Asthma New Zealand or MedRepublic login or sign in using Facebook. You can have multiple user accounts but each user must sign in to access their data. Signing up for a MedRepublic accounts means you are already signed up for other VADR health apps.
When registering enter your height, age and sex so we can calculate what your expected or normal peak flow should be.
You can enter your best personal peak flow when signing up or activate the best personal peakflow programme to find out what it is over a two week period.
Demographic questions like city and ethnicity assist us to tailor this app and future services.
Asthma Action Plan
When you first start the app set up your Asthma Action plan in settings. This is on the top left hand corner of your dashboard.
Add in the medications prescribed to you by your health professional. Add your preventer and reliever and any additional prescription your doctor has provided you for each Zone. Swipe right through the zones to check whether each zone is completed correctly, you can edit the listed medications at any time.
Only New Zealand prescribed medications are listed in the app.
The medication selector allows you to select the what type of drug you use, what brand, how often you should take it, when and how long for.
You can edit or delete a selected medication at any time by tapping the listed medication.
You can view the symptoms you may display in each Zone by tapping on the smily face.
Zones are a simple way to judge your Asthma Control. Always remember to seek medical attention if you are feeling unwell or suspect your Asthma is not in control.
The Green Zone is when your Asthma is under control and is 100% – 85% of your best or expected peakflow.
The Yellow Zone is when your Asthma getting worse and is 85% – 60% of your best or expected peakflow.
The Orange Zone is when are facing a Medical Alert and is 60% – 40% of your best or expected peakflow.
The Red Zone is when you are in an Emergency Situation and should immediately call an Ambulance. This is when you peakflow is less than 40% of your expected or best peak flow.
Asthma New Zealand recommends that you should visit your doctor every three months.
You should visit your doctor to set up your action plan or use the action plan they have provided you in the past.
You can also enter their contact details in settings/profile so you can send them a copy of your latest results.
Users can also enter when your next appointment is.
You can share your chart with a support person This is also someone that you can call or sms when you are feeling unwell.
Remember this app should not be relied on in a medical emergency. It is provided for educational purposes only. Remember if in doubt, seek help.
Your dashboard gives you a 360º view of your Asthma Control.
At a quick glance you can find out:
- What your last peak flow reading was
- What your best or expected peak flow is
- What your last Asthma Control Test was
- How many peak flow readings have been on target this week
- When your next Doctors appointment is
- When your next peak flow is
- When your next Medication is due
- When your next Asthma Control Test is due
Your Symptoms Diary allows you to track your peak flow measurement and how you feel on a daily basis. It also recommends based on your Asthma Action plan steps you can take to relieve your symptoms.
Peak flow Chart
You can review your peak flow result by one week, two weeks and one month.