Respiratory Update. Asthma: Causes, Monitoring and Treatment. Presented by Cynthia Fouts, June, 2012. Learning Objectives. After viewing this presentation, the learner will be able to: understand the two major classifications of asthma
Asthma: Causes, Monitoring and Treatment
Presented by Cynthia Fouts,
After viewing this presentation, the learner will be able to:
There are two major types of asthma:
This system is a process of daily monitoring using a peak flow meter, daily recording of results, and treatment based on those results.
You will note on the preceeding example of a Peak Flow Chart that there were green, yellow, and red columns. These columns represent the 80-100%, 50-80%, and <50% zones of the patient’s personal best. The personal best is the best of two weeks of measurements made during a time when the patient’s asthma is well controlled.
Written asthma action plans include two important elements:
Des Jardins, T. and Burton, G. (2006). Clinical Manifestations and Assessment of Respiratory Disease. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier. pg. 197-206.
Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3). (2007) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.Retrieved from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/index.htm
Measuring Your Peak Flow Rate. (2012) American Lung Association. Retrieved from http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/asthma/living-with-asthma/take-control-of-your-asthma/measuring-your-peak-flow-rate.html
National Asthma Control Initiative. (2008) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Retrieved from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/lung/asthma/naci/index.htm