Living with asthma can be challenging, especially for kids. But with new treatment options, asthma education and a personalized management plan, you and your child can keep asthma under control.
Comprehensive Asthma Care for Children
The dedicated pediatric asthma professionals at Parkland Medical Center are leading the way in pediatric asthma care. Our innovative Pediatric Asthma Care &; Training (P.A.C.T.) program, designed by our pediatric clinical coordinator and our certified asthma educator/pediatric nurse, helps children and families learn all about asthma and get individualized asthma management solutions.
P.A.C.T. training helps you and your family learn about:
- Asthma attacks
- Devices used to monitor asthma
- Devices used to administer medication
- Triggers and how to reduce exposure to them
- How to read an asthma action plan
- What to do in an emergency
Make a Pact with Parkland
Parkland’s P.A.C.T. program—originally developed for children admitted to the hospital for asthma attacks—also has components you can access through your physician and throughout our community. We’re here to help you and your child find the best solutions for asthma management and avoid hospitalization and lung disease in the future.
Children admitted to the Parkland Pediatric Unit for asthma flare-ups benefit from immediate medical care by trained pediatric asthma specialists and comprehensive asthma education to help increase confidence in controlling their asthma in the future. During your child’s stay, you and your child will learn about the P.A.C.T. basics listed above and will be given an asthma action plan to help you manage asthma at home. A copy of the plan will also be sent to your primary care physician, and you’ll be scheduled for a follow-up appointment with that physician a few days after discharge.
If you need help managing your child’s asthma, ask your child’s physician to refer you to Parkland for individualized consultation with a certified asthma educator. Once your child has been referred to us, we’ll contact you to set up an appointment. Before the appointment, you’ll be asked to complete a Patient & Family Intake Form.
During the appointment, your child’s respiratory system and breathing will be thoroughly assessed. The asthma educator will talk to you and answer your questions about:
- What causes asthma attacks
- How to monitor for changes in peak flow
- How to reduce triggers
- Correct use of peak flow meters, inhalers and nebulizers
You’ll receive educational materials to take home, and you’ll be encouraged to call the asthma educator with any concerns after you leave. The asthma educator will also communicate her findings and any further recommendations to your child’s physician.
We offer P.A.C.T. community education programs to the public at no cost. During the hour-long classes, attendees view videos about asthma, see 3-D models of the airways during an attack, learn about tools for managing asthma and receive educational materials to take home.
Check out our online calendar to find class times and locations. For more information or to register, call Consult-a-Nurse at (877) 642-2362.
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