Pediatric Asthma Clinic
16-year-old Aubreey’s asthma developed suddenly. One day she participated in her physical education class at school, just like she always did, and during her next class she was struggling to breathe. It was frightening and confusing. Aubreey’s mother called EPFMC for help and as soon as they arrived, Aubreey received the expert care she needed. “When I was diagnosed with asthma, I was scared. All of a sudden, I couldn't breathe. I couldn't play sports, I couldn't run. I thought I couldn't be a normal kid,” says Aubreey. “But I was wrong.” She continues, “The Eisner doctors helped me understand my disease and got me the medicines and other things I needed. And now I can run cross country and I play basketball.”
Through your support our Pediatric Asthma Clinic can help more children like Aubreey access the care they need to control their asthma and continue being active, happy, healthy kids.
EPFMC'S PEDIATRIC ASTHMA CLINIC (PAC) helps families learn more about what may be causing or triggering asthma in their child and what they may do to control the asthma. The Clinic team works in concert with the patient, family members, and referring primary care provider to develop a treatment and health education plan that will prevent chronic asthma symptoms and deal successfully with acute asthma episodes.
Monitored medical care of persistent asthma and guideline-based education have been shown to lead to:
- Improved quality of life and better disease management
- Decreased interruptions during sleep, number of school days missed, hospitalizations, and ER visits
- Increased ability to participate in sports and other physical activities
- Decreased bronchodilator use
- Increased anti-inflammatory use
PAC Strategies & Objectives
The PAC works in collaboration with the Pediatric Clinic to track, monitor, educate/counsel, and refer children from birth to 18 who present either with early symptoms of respiratory distress or with indications of the obstruction, inflammation, and hyper-responsiveness characteristic of persistent asthma.
PAC care processes and treatments include:
- Medical Management
- Laboratory Services
- Tobacco Smoke
- Environmental Remediation
- Prescription Medication
Who's Who at the PAC
- EPFMC Staff Pediatricians rotate every three months as Asthma Project Leaders, performing medical evaluations of symptomatic patients and developing detailed Asthma Action Plans. Based on their recommendations, a child will be enrolled in the PAC and scheduled for education and monitoring.
- Asthma Coordinator Felix Dominguez manages all PAC Education, Training, and Monitoring strategies, including our "Asthma A-D" courses: What is Asthma?, What Triggers Asthma?, Asthma Medication, and How To Control Asthma.
With your HELP, we can provide the PAC kids with:
|Fifty percent – Asthma Coordinator/Case Manager||$25,000|
|Percentage of the Pediatrician’s time||$20,000|
|Six Spirometers and mouthpieces
(device used by physicians to assess lung function)
|Medication for under & uninsured patients||$10,000|
|Nebulizers for home use
(device that delivers medication in mist form)
|Mattress Pads for the children’s beds||$5,000|
|Pillow Cases to reduce allergens||$5,000|
(to enhance medication delivery through inhalers)
|Training for Asthma Coordinator||$5,000|
|Air Purifiers for children’s homes||$1,000|