Community asthma education
McLane Children’s Hospital is providing FREE education and information classes on pediatric asthma for parents and caregivers of children with asthma. Classes are open to the asthmatic patient and two caregivers. Lunch will be provided with giveaways to all who attend. (Info en español)
Topics will include:
- What is asthma?
- How is it diagnosed?
- Signs and symptoms
- Triggers and trigger avoidance
- Smoking cessation
Dates: Find an upcoming class
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: McLane Children's Hospital Mulitpurpose Room (inside the main entrance).
Please RSVP by contacting the Asthma Outreach Coordinator:
Michelle Schwier, RRT, AE-C
McLane Children's Respiratory Department
McLane Children's offers bedside Asthma education
Asthma outreach is geared towards helping patients, their families, health care providers and even the community work together to better understand asthma and how to better manage it. The goal is to improve the quality of life for these children and their families. The program's goal is reduce clinic, emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to asthma, and to reduce the number of missed school days and work days due to asthma symptoms.
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 their caregiver, be it a mother, father, grandma, etc., to educate them about their child's asthma. They help the caregiver understand the following:
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 health care providers on the latest developments in asthma treatments is just as important as it is to the caregivers.
How would my asthmatic child benefit from this program?
When the child and caregiver are educated about asthma and learn how they can better control it, they are more empowered. The child and caregiver can learn how they can play an active role in the management of the patient's asthma, and are essential players on the team along with their health care providers.
Not only will your child benefit from this program, the entire family can as well. This is because when the patient's asthma is under control the entire family has a better quality of life. There is less disruption in the daily life of the family because there are fewer trips to the doctor and the hospital. Our goal is for the patient to have the best quality of life possible and to be able to feel "normal." They should not have to worry about exercising or waking up each night coughing.