Pediatric Asthma Program
We employ a multidisciplinary approach to care for children’s asthma, which is the most common chronic respiratory illness in children, affecting 5 to 10% of all children in the United States, and accounting for the majority of missed school days. One-third of all emergency department visits are related to asthma, and it is the common reason children are admitted to hospitals.The goals of asthma therapy are to have children lead normal, active lives, and prevent the occurrence of frequent troublesome symptoms or the need for emergency visits and hospitalization.
Asthma rates have been on the rise over the past 15 to 20 years. Although asthma cannot be cured, and may be a life-threatening illness, it can be well controlled with proper medication and education.
All of our physicians and medical staff who participate in any aspect of children's asthma care work together as a team. This team, the Pediatric Asthma Care Team (PACT), includes pediatricians and pediatric pulmonologists, allergists, emergency department physicians, intensivists, a nurse practitioner, and certified asthma educators.