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Monday, May 7, 2012

Strategies to Control Asthma

This summary from the NHLBI provides invaluable information to parents of children with asthma.  SS

World Asthma Day and Asthma Awareness Month

Together we can help control asthma.
This World Asthma Day (May 1, 2012) and Asthma Awareness Month (May) the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) encourages you to discover how.
One of the first steps—whether you have asthma or know someone who does—is to develop a written asthma action plan (AAP) in partnership with your healthcare provider. AAPs that meet the specific needs of a patient include details ranging from how to take medication to reduce airway inflammation, to ways to reduce environmental triggers of asthma such as dust mites or tobacco smoke.
But AAPs don’t stand alone. 
They are part of a comprehensive approach needed to improve asthma care and control. Like diabetes or high blood pressure, managing asthma symptoms requires daily attention and ongoing education.
An APP is just one of  the following six key actions, recommended by the NAEPP, that clinicians, patients, and all others who touch the life of someone with asthma can work together on to seize control of asthma so that asthma doesn't seize control of asthma patients.
When taken with these other actions, AAPs can help people with asthma live without limits. The NAEPP has identified personalized AAPs as “must-haves” for allasthma patients, particularly those with moderate and severe asthma, a history of asthma attacks, or poorly controlled asthma. 
It may take time to develop and guide a patient through an AAP on the front end, but providing patients with detailed instructions and educating them on how to manage their asthma themselves will ultimately save clinicians time and effort on the back end. And, if followed as one of the NAEPP's six recommended actions, it could ultimately save lives.
Currently, only about one in three patients with asthma has an AAP to guide them. So, for this World Asthma Day and throughout Asthma Awareness Month, the NAEPP and NACI encourage those without an AAP to get one.
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