Asthma Education Day

posted Jan 21, 2014, 2:06 PM by Blh Webber

On July 17, 2012, Crotona Park Clinic conducted an innovative and educational patient program, “Asthma Education Day”. The purpose of this day was to educate an array of patients in assessing their susceptibility to asthma, rhinitis, and non-allergic rhinitis.  Crotona Park collaborated with Thermo Fisher Scientific Medical Sales Consultant, Stephanie Witowski, who led the program.

The asthma population in the Bronx is outrageously high, with statistically 1 out of every 4 people suffering from it. Many patients, particularly children, come to the clinic complaining of wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Such symptoms often lead to asthmatic exacerbations, typically due to allergic triggers. The National Institute of Health guidelines recommend that identifying potential allergic triggers can lead to better patient management and reduction in the number of symptoms.  

During “Asthma Education Day”, Maxine Brown, LPN, helped coordinate the program by gathering patients to attend a free educational lecture on asthma, action plans, peak flow meters, various trigger identification, allergen exposure reduction, and basic disease pathophysiology. Throughout the course of the day, many patients were tested using ImmunoCAP testing to see if they had allergic triggers that play a role in exacerbating symptoms.ImmunoCAP is a tool for minimizing unnecessary medications, reducing symptoms and inflammation, and ultimately improving patients’ quality of life. Each patient was also scheduled for a follow up appointment with a physician in order to receive an explanation of their results and to create a Targeted Exposure Reduction plan if the patient received positive results.
According to Dr Waithe, Family Physician at Crotona Park Medical, Bronx-Lebanon, "It was a very exciting and revealing exercise which allowed patients to help identify certain foods and environmental factors that can trigger one's asthma.  Due to common familiarity of allergens, patients were extremely receptive with the discussions and education provided.  All and all it was a great day and wonderful experience for me and my patients.”