Overview of Asthma Care
For decades, Baylor Scott & White Health has been dedicated to giving people with asthma and respiratory diseases caring, supportive, quality care.
Each year, more than 50 million people suffer from asthma and other related conditions. Through Baylor Scott & White's programs, we’re here to teach you about pulmonary disease and prevention, as well as offer you advanced diagnosis and treatment for respiratory diseases such as asthma.
You and your closest family members are the most important people on your asthma treatment team. There are some other important members, too. Along with your physician on the medical staff, your treatment team may include nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and social workers.
Asthma treatment services include:
- Adult and pediatric asthma programs
- Testing to confirm the diagnosis and assess the severity of the disease
- Development of an environmental control strategy based on your "triggers"
- Medication information and education
- Peak flow monitoring
- Patient and family asthma education based on your individual needs
Specialized Asthma Treatment Centers
The specialists at the
Martha Foster Lung Care Center can help improve your condition so you can lead a healthy and productive life. The Martha Foster Lung Care Center's physicians include board-certified pulmonologists and allergists, supported by a staff of registered respiratory therapists and registered nurses. The center offers several treatment options, including bronchial thermoplasty (BT), which may offer lifelong reduction in severe asthma attacks.
Asthma Education and Support
Asthma Outreach Program
The Asthma Outreach Program at McLane Children’s Scott & White Hospital in Temple is geared toward helping patients, their families, healthcare providers and even the community work together to better understand asthma and how to better manage it.
The Martha Foster Lung Care Center in Dallas offers this free program about six times a year for children between ages 8 and 12. Kids enjoy games, prizes and field trips to spots like The Science Place while they learn about peak flow monitoring, medications, environmental triggers and prevention strategies.
In conjunction with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and the Dallas Asthma Consortium, the Martha Foster Lung Care Center at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, Irving and Garland share an educational video to teach school nurses, nurse assistants, and other school personnel how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an asthma attack.
Rules of Two®
Mark Millard, MD, a pulmonologist and medical director on the medical staff at the Martha Foster Lung Care Center in Dallas, developed these "Rules of Two®" to help determine if you need more powerful asthma medicine.
- Do you use a quick-relief inhaler more than two times a week?
- Do you wake up at night with asthma more than two times a month?
- Do you refill your asthma prescription more than two times a year?
If you answer "yes" to any of them, talk to your doctor.