You are now required to complete the Asthma training on GCN training site.
Asthma is a Major Public Health Problem
- Nearly 5 million children have asthma
- It is one of the most common and costliest chronic childhood illnesses
- It is a leading cause of school absences
What is Asthma
- A disease that:
- Is chronic
- Produces recurring episodes of breathing problems (WHEEZING, COUGHING, CHEST TIGHTNESS, SHORTNESS OF BREATH)
- Cannot be cured, but can be controlled
- Onset at any age
What are symptoms of Asthma
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
- Coughing at night or after physical activity; cough that lasts more than a week
- Waking at night with asthma symptoms (a key marker of uncontrolled)
What makes Asthma worse?
- Cigarette smoke and wood smoke
- Scented products such as hair spray, cosmetics, and cleaning products
- Strong odors from fresh paint or cooking
- Automobile fumes and air pollution
- Chemicals such as pesticides and lawn treatments
Is there a cure for Asthma?
- Asthma cannot be cured but it can be controlled.
How is Asthma controlled?
- Follow an individualized asthma management plan
- Avoid or control exposure to things that make asthma worse
- Use medication appropriately
- Quick-relief medicine
What Happens During an Episode Of Asthma?
- The lining of the airways becomes swollen(inflamed)
- The airways produce a thick mucus
- The muscles around the airways tighten and make airways narrower.
Goals for a Healthy School Environment
- Reduce exposures to triggers
- Keep temperature and humidity at appropriate settings
- Dryup damp and wet areas
- Teach and monitor correct inhaler techniques, peak flow and nebulizer use
- Provide asthma education for faculty and staff
- Teach parent show to manage asthma
- Identify students with asthma and provide individual emergency plans
- Provide quick access to medication
- Promote safe and full participation in all school activities
- Allow self-administration as appropriate (proper documentation must be on file in health office)
Click on the link below to take the Asthma quiz