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Propeller trackers

Hi all, 

i was just wondering if anyone has experience with the propeller inhaler trackers and what you thought of them? I read about them in the past but you had to be in a certain area and have a doc in the program. Now it looks like they are free! I signed up and have 3 sensors coming (advair, spiriva, ventolin). I have trouble remembering my pm advair dose and was looking for something to both remind me and track usage! 

If you’ve used propeller, what do you think? Thanks for reading! 

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  • LK

    Hi Em,  No I have not used one of those.  Read a little about it just now but don't really understand what added benefit they are.  How will it improve taking meds on time?  Does the phone app have alarms?

    I hope they do help!  Just don't know much about them yet.

  • Emelina

    Supposedly they have built in alarms and will track activations of both your controller and your rescue, then spit out reports for your doc so you have objective data on rescue use and if day controller therapy is failing due to poor compliance or that a dose escalation is needed. Also it can help you track air quality data and triggers. 🤷‍♀️ I think for me it will be accountability. I hate all of the meds but know they are critically important. 🤥😬🤗

  • Melissa G

    I hadn't heard of the trackers before. I just looked them up. Wow, that sounds very cool! It keeps track of a lot of information. I hope they help you Em. 

  • Emelina

    Thanks Lisa and Melissa, I’ll let you know how it goes. Just trying to figure out ways to keep this recovery moving forward. 😉

    Here’s a picture for those who haven’t seen them before: 

  • Amber Says Shine

    Hi @Emelina! I have been using the Propeller trackers for a couple months now. I really like them. I take Advair and Spiriva every day, with Ventolin as needed; there's a tracker for each! The app gives helpful info, such as air quality for the day and usage reports for both maintenance and rescue inhalers. About once a month, it gives you the self-report Asthma Control Test that they do at the doctor's office. It then notices patterns, like has your score gone up or down? If down, maybe you should check in with your doc. The sensors even have a reminder function. It you don't take your meds on the schedule you've entered, the sensor will play a little notification song. Anyhow, I really like it and I'm looking forward to sharing my tracking logs with my doc at my next visit.

  • Emelina

    Sweet! Thanks Amber for sharing your experience. I’m eager to give them a shot and see what data it generates. 

  • Emelina

    Arriving tomorrow! It’s interesting, I was reading that each sensor is about $300, but now the cost is completely covered. If it prevents just 1 ED visit or clinic visit, it’s like they will pay for themselves. 🤞I’ll let you guys know how it works out. It is unbelievably easy to sign up for them. 

  • LK

    Really interested to see how they help!  Can't wait to see what you think of them.

  • Emelina

    Hey, cool! They are here! They look like little hats for my inhalers. Here’s hoping they help with adherence and symptom control. If you are at all tech phobic, not to worry, you just push 1 button and slide them on. 

  • Melissa G

    They look cool! Let us know how you like them and if they help you be more compliant. Good luck! 

  • Emelina

    These things are super cool. They have already helped me up my pm compliance and become better about taking the advair 12 hrs apart. The sensors play a short notification song (only 1 option) around the time that your med is due and 2-3 times at later intervals if you still haven’t taken your medicine. 

    It also tracks the time of every rescue activation and has a spot in the log to enter your trigger. Additionally it can track your nighttime rescue use. 

    My spiriva sensor has been a little buggy. It doesn’t automatically sync with my phone when I open the app – but it’s an easy fix (just push the sensor button and viola!). The app is easy to use. The only annoying thing is the app has to be open for the sensors and app to talk but no biggy if you just open the app once per day at night.

    So far I love my propeller sensors! The best thing is all of the sensors and the app are completely free! 😀 it helps put me in the drivers seat of my med management and offers a concrete feedback tool (I can see all of the times I take my meds and quickly eyeball the number of missed doses). 

    One other downside is that they add a little bit of bulk to your inhalers. But they are pretty light, robust and fit snuggly so low risk of knocking them off.

  • Melissa G

    Em, do you still like the propeller trackers? How are you doing with being more compliant with taking your inhalers?

  • Emelina

    Hi Melissa, 

    I still love them and they have helped me get to 93% advair adherence and 100% spiriva adherence! I like the rescue use tracking as well. I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs help with remembering to take their meds or is still struggling with control. I think the reports it generates will be a helpful conversation tool when I see my pulmo. 😀

  • LK

    Trying out these Propellers. Have one on my my rescue inhaler and my Breo. The Spiriva Respimat sensor was not available at this time. Called and he said they didn't know when it would be available. So for now I have to enter manually when I take the Spiriva.

    They are a good way to have a record of when you take your meds. My two don't connect to the app unless I have the app open when I use it. Hoping that will improve. 

    One other helpful item it sent to me today was this Daily Asthma Forecast. Nice to get the air quality and other weather data all in one place plus seeing how it affects us.

  • Melissa G

    Em and Lisa, do you still like the propeller trackers? 

    I am looking at getting one for Bekah's Advair inhaler. I need her to be more conscious of when she is taking them. 

  • Emelina

    Hi Melissa, I still really like them. There are a couple little inconveniences like my spiriva tracker doesn’t auto synch when I open the app, but nothing serious. It’s a great accountability/reminder tool for me to take the advair twice daily and it’s nifty because it can track your rescue use as well. Also it generates handy reports that you can use to start a conversation with your doctor. I’d recommend them!