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Name GP
Regular Asthma Medications:
reliever preventer

symptom controller other

How to use your peak flow and


symptom diary and graph
• Measure your peak flow every day, morning and night before taking
your asthma medicine.
• Record your reading and how you are feeling in the daily diary.
See example below.
• You can also record your readings on the graph. See example below.
This will let you quickly pick up any changes or trends in your asthma control.

Peak Flow Diary (2 week period) Peak Flow Graph (2 week period)
Date 1/4 2/4 3/4 4/4 5/4
Date AM PM Comments AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM
700

1/4 500 520 Feeling good today L/min


650

2/4 500 460 Sore throat/getting a cold


600

3/4 430 400 Need my blue inhaler

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550

4/4 410 400 Still needing blue inhaler


500

5/4 440 450 Feeling a little better

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450

400

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350

How many times did I wake last night because of asthma? 0 0 2 2 0

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How many puffs of reliever did I take today? 0 3 5 5 2

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Were my activities affected by my asthma? no no yes yes no

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How to use your peak flow meter

PEAK FLOW METER

1 Sit upright
2 Slide marker hard up to the beginning
of the groove
3 Hold meter level
4 Keep fingers clear of marker
5 Take a deep breath in
6 Close your lips around the mouthpiece
7 Huff out hard and fast

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Repeat these steps twice
Record the best of three readings
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Know when it’s changing.

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Symptom Diary
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Peak Flow Diary (2 week period)
Date AM PM Comments

How many times did I wake last night because of asthma?

How many puffs of reliever did I take today?

Were my activities affected by my asthma?


Peak Flow Graph (2 week period)
Date
AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM
700
L/min
650

600

550

500

450

400

350

300

250

200

150

100

50
Peak Flow Diary (2 week period)
Date AM PM Comments

How many times did I wake last night because of asthma?

How many puffs of reliever did I take today?

Were my activities affected by my asthma?


Peak Flow Graph (2 week period)
Date
AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM
700
L/min
650

600

550

500

450

400

350

300

250

200

150

100

50
Peak Flow Diary (2 week period)
Date AM PM Comments

How many times did I wake last night because of asthma?

How many puffs of reliever did I take today?

Were my activities affected by my asthma?


Peak Flow Graph (2 week period)
Date
AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM
700
L/min
650

600

550

500

450

400

350

300

250

200

150

100

50
Peak Flow Diary (2 week period)
Date AM PM Comments

How many times did I wake last night because of asthma?

How many puffs of reliever did I take today?

Were my activities affected by my asthma?


Peak Flow Graph (2 week period)
Date
AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM
700
L/min
650

600

550

500

450

400

350

300

250

200

150

100

50
Peak Flow Diary (2 week period)
Date AM PM Comments

How many times did I wake last night because of asthma?

How many puffs of reliever did I take today?

Were my activities affected by my asthma?


Peak Flow Graph (2 week period)
Date
AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM
700
L/min
650

600

550

500

450

400

350

300

250

200

150

100

50
Peak Flow Diary (2 week period)
Date AM PM Comments

How many times did I wake last night because of asthma?

How many puffs of reliever did I take today?

Were my activities affected by my asthma?


Peak Flow Graph (2 week period)
Date
AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM
700
L/min
650

600

550

500

450

400

350

300

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150

100

50
Produced by the Advocacy & Education Committee of The Asthma
and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand (Inc) 2008

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