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Asthma Control Education (ACE)

CONTROL IS THE GOAL!

Allied Physicians Group is here to help you and get your child’s asthma under control. We are focused on optimizing the care we provide for all our patients, especially those with asthma. We have a team of well-trained pediatricians who coordinate care with specialists and asthma educators. Allied’s ACE [Asthma Control Education] Team can bring you top-of-the-line care from the comfort of your own home with virtual visits!

Good asthma control has never been more important than it is now. Did you know, it is estimated that 40%-50% of those diagnosed with asthma do not have control of their asthma? We can do better, and Allied is here to help!

The first step in proper asthma management for well-controlled asthma is having a written asthma action plan. But what’s a good plan without understanding how to use it! Both the parent and the child should have some level of understanding when it comes to what to do should ‘XYZ’ occur. It is key to educate patients on WHICH inhaler to use and WHEN! Does YOUR CHILD know the difference? Rescue versus controller… this could be lifesaving!

THE TEAM APPROACH: Recommended Asthma Well Care

Asthma is not a ‘one size fits all’ disease.  Asthma varies from person to person, with a wide array of triggers. An asthma exacerbation can range from mild to severe and flare-ups can be intermittent or persistent. With these different asthma presentations, there is a requirement for individualized care. Your child’s asthma management should involve a TEAM approach, the cornerstone of proper asthma well care. Diagnosis usually begins with the pediatrician and can continue with an asthma educator, a specialist or both.

Within Allied, after the diagnosis of asthma is made, it is recommended that patients meet with an asthma educator to learn the ins-and-outs of the disease and how to best manage it. We cover topics including but not limited to:

  • Asthma Pathophysiology & Identifying Asthma Triggers
  • Formulating and adjusting Asthma Action Plans
  • Proper Inhaler and Nebulizer Techniques, Demo & Practice
  • Medication Adjustments & Refills
  • Assess Asthma Status and Control
  • Performing Breathing Tests
  • Assessing Seasonal Asthma Changes

Well-controlled asthmatics meet with their team every 3-6 months, with the goal of preventing exacerbation and need for more intense pharmacotherapy or hospitalization. Every Fall it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED each asthma patient has a BTS (back-to-school) Asthma Well Care Appointment– either in person or virtually. Poorly controlled asthmatics need more frequent assessments and have a greater risk of complications.

SCHEDULING A VISIT HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER: Telemedicine

To successfully accomplish all the above, it is recommended you schedule a visit, which is covered by most insurance plans!

  • Asthma Well Care/Routine Asthma Maintenance (every 3-6 months)
    • Poor control or change in medications: visits recommended more frequently

 

  • *NEW*: Back-to-School Asthma Telemedicine Visit
    • Recommended end of August through September
    • Asthma Action Plan (required by school/copy must be given to school nurse)
    • Medications Review: Home, School, Sports bag, etc.

 

  • Asthma Acute Care or Follow Up

 

  • CONSIDER A SPECIALIST: Further Workup
    • Allied Physicians Group: Strauss Asthma & Allergy: Dr. Kreiner, Dr. Ahmad, and Dr. Strauss

Remember, take control of your asthma BEFORE the attack. Be prepared. Stay well and stay safe. We are here to help! Stay tuned for future webinars from your Allied ACE [Asthma Control Education] Team!

Meet the Educators

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Asthma Educator, Michelle Wruck

Physician Assistant, Asthma Educator, Erica Singer

 

Meet the Specialists

 

Allergy & Asthma Specialist

Dr. Ralph Strauss

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Specialist, Dr. Robyn Kreiner

Pediatric Pulmonologist & Sleep

Medicine Specialist, Dr. Khalid Ahmad