Asthma is a lung disease that affects millions of Americans. The disease causes spasms in the airway tubes that make it difficult to breathe. Asthma can be life threatening causing respiratory failure if not treated appropriately. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (2016) there are an estimated 24 million people affected by asthma and of them, 6 million are children. The EPA estimates that asthma accounts for 14.2 million physician office visits, 439,000 inpatient hospital care discharges, and 1.8 million emergency department visits yearly. The cost of asthma annually is estimated to be more than $56 billion according to the EPA. There is presently no cure for the disease, but if treated appropriately those affected can live active healthy lives.
Compass PTN Goal
Increase the percentage of patients appropriately prescribed medication for persistent asthma by 3%
Best Practice Guide
Asthma Clinical Care Guideline (PDF) - Children's Hospital Colorado
Clinical care guidelines for healthcare providers for those patients two years and older. The treatment guidelines are for those who are being treated for asthma, have an asthma exacerbation, or initial diagnosis of asthma.
Asthma Care Quick Reference (PDF) - National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and NIH
A quick reference for patients aged zero and up, giving guides that include the clinical issue and the key activities and action steps.
Asthma Management Protocol (PDF) - Stanford
Guidelines on the collaborative management of patients diagnosed with asthma who are not adequately controlled. The guide offers roles and responsibilities of the collaborating team, including the pharmacist.
Asthma Action Plan (PDF)