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Asthma Program

Asthma Program

The Registered Practical Nurses are specially trained in the areas of Asthma and COPD. We offer spirometry here at the clinic for accurate diagnosis and monitoring of Asthma and COPD. The Registered Practical Nurses (RPN) also educate patients with these conditions to ensure optimal control.

The Marathon Family Health Team Asthma program was established in November of 2008.

Ada Parsons, RPN is qualified to perform spirometry testing and is currently in the process of obtaining her asthma educator certification (June 2014). Policies have been developed according to current guidelines for asthma in partnership with the Ontario Primary Care Asthma Program (PCAP).

Appointments for spirometry testing are available 9 am to 5 pm on Mondays. The focus is on prevention, self-management of triggers and medications with the assistance of their physician and a personal asthma action plan. Follow-up is encouraged as needed for any exacerbations or concerns. Routine follow-up appointments are booked according to individual patients’ needs with the appropriate provider (RPN or Physician).

What is asthma?

3 things happen: muscles around the airways tighten and narrow them, inflammation and swelling of the lining of the airways causes further narrowing and increased mucous production occurs.

Take the 30 second Asthma test:

  1. Do you cough, wheeze or have a tight chest because of your asthma 4 or more days a week?

  2. Do coughing, wheezing, or chest tightness wake you at night, 1 or more times a week?

  3. Do you stop exercising because of your asthma? (In the past 3 months)

  4. Do you ever miss work or school because of your asthma? (In the past 3 months)

  5. Do you use your blue inhaler 4 or more times a week? (Except for one dose/day pre exercise?

If you answer yes to one or more of the above questions then your asthma is not controlled.

Follow up with your family doctor to discuss how you may feel better.

You may ask your doctor or your doctor may recommend referral for asthma education to the Asthma Educator at the Marathon Family Health Team for information about:

  • What is asthma?

  • How to use your inhaler device and is it the best delivery system for you.

  • Understanding your medications.

  • How to best monitor your symptoms for asthma control.

  • Use of a peak flow meter.

  • How to use an asthma action plan.

  • Guidance about when to seek medical attention for your asthma.

For more information about asthma see the Lung Association Website. For information on how to use your inhalers click here.

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