When a child is admitted to the McLane Children's Hospital, an Asthma Home Management plan is developed with the Asthma Outreach Team. Our team meets with the patient and caregivers — mother, father, grandma, etc., — to educate them about their child's asthma.
Our teams helps caregivers understand:
- What is asthma?
- Signs, symptoms and triggers
- Trigger avoidance
- How to properly take medications
- The purpose of each medication and how it works
- The difference between rescue medications and controller medications
Our outreach team then follows up with the patient once they are home. We work with your school nurses on asthma action plans once the child is back in school and help provide asthma education to the school nurses.
Asthma is one of the main reasons that students miss school due to illness – more than 14 million lost school days every year according to the American Lung Assocation. Providing education to healthcare providers on the latest developments in asthma treatments is just as important as it is to the caregivers.