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Asthma Care

Our asthma care at Memorial Hospital helps you develop the necessary skills to better control your asthma condition.

 

The goal of asthma care at Memorial Hospital is to provide people with asthma access to coordinated education and care. The program gives individuals access to the resources and support needed to take control of their asthma. This unique program is coordinated by a preventative health team, headed by advance practice nurses whose expertise is in disease management. This allows the staff to coordinate asthma care for patients who do not have a primary care physician and provide pulmonary case management if necessary.

 

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Is asthma care at Memorial Hospital right for me?

  • Do you wake up at night with difficulty breathing?
  • Does asthma limit your activities?
  • Do you use your rescue inhaler frequently?
  • Are you constantly visiting your physician or the emergency room because your asthma is out of control?

Asthma care at Memorial Hospital can help you develop the necessary skills to prevent asthma symptoms and put you back in control.

 

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Goals of Asthma Care at Memorial Hospital

  • Optimize pulmonary function
  • Prevent asthma attacks
  • Promote asthma awareness and self-management
  • Reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations

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Asthma Education Programs

  • Parent Clinic Sessions.
    These sessions are held on an individual basis. Although staff will initially review basic asthma management techniques, the core concentration of the session will be to discuss specific issues that families have encountered with their child’s asthma. This will be approximately a two-hour session, however, the scheduling and time spent in these sessions is flexible.

  • The Huff and Puff Program.
    This class is designed for children five to seven years old and emphasizes group education. It uses puppets, hands-on activities and skits to interest and motivate children in asthma self-management. This two-session class takes place at the Printers Parkway Medical Plaza on the first and third Friday of every month. Each session lasts for two-hours (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.). Parent involvement is strongly encouraged. This program is also offered in local schools. Call for a schedule of participating schools.

  • Breathe Easier Asthma Relief (BEAR) Program.
    This class is designed for children eight to eleven years old and provides a situational style of learning. Staff cover various story-line examples to provide children guidelines for behavior based on real life experience rather than abstract concepts. This two-session class takes place at the Printers Parkway Medical Plaza on the second and fourth Friday of every month. Each session lasts for two-hours (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.). Parent involvement is strongly encouraged.

  • AirPower.
    This program, designed for adolescents 12 to 15 years old, uses a group process in motivating teens to take control of their asthma. Special attention is given to the physiology of asthma, asthma symptoms, asthma medications, causes of asthma and environmental controls. This two-session course takes place at the Printers Parkway Medical Plaza on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Each session lasts two-hours (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.).

  • Adult Clinic Sessions.
    These sessions are held on an individual basis. Although we will initially review basic asthma management techniques, the session will focus on discussing specific issues that patients have encountered with their asthma. This will be approximately a two-hour session, however, the scheduling and time spent in these sessions is  flexible.

  • The Breathe Easier Program.
    This program, for adults 16 and older, offers a comprehensive overview of asthma and group interaction to help solve some of the individual and common problems encountered with asthma. This is a two-session class held at the Printers Parkway Medical Plaza on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Each session lasts for 2-hours (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.).

  • The Breathe Easier for Seniors Program.
    This program, for seniors 50+, offers a group setting that combines general information, shared experiences and concerns within a discussion about asthma as it relates to issues of later life. This two-session class takes place at the Printers Parkway Medical Plaza on the first and third Friday of every month. Each session lasts for two-hours (9:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.).

  • Open Airways for Schools.
    This school-based program is offered through the American Lung Association and Memorial Hospital to elementary schools in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. This class uses active discussion and take-home projects to motivate both children and their parents in asthma self-management. This is a six-session class that is offered throughout the school year.

For more information call Robert Drumm, RRT, at 365-6572.

 

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Related Info

 

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
611 East Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
1-800-822-2762
http://www.aaaai.org/

 

American Lung Association of Colorado
1600 Race Street
Denver, CO 80206-1198
303-388-4327
http://www.alacolo.org

 

American Lung Association National Headquarters
1740 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
212-315-8700
http://www.lungusa.org/

 

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
1125 15th St. NW, Suite 502,
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-727-8462
202-466-7643
http://www.aafa.org/

 

National Allergy and Asthma Network
Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc.
3554 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 300,
Fairfax, VA 22030-2709
1-800-878-4403
703-385-4403
http://www.aanma.org/

 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center
National Institutes of Health,
PO Box 30105,
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
301-251-1222
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/index.htm

 

National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine
1400 Jackson Street.
Denver, CO 80206
http://www.njc.org

 

Lung Line
1-800-222-5864

 

Lung Facts
1-800-552-5864