What is the importance of patient education for status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Asthma is a chronic illness. Patients and their families must be provided with a team that can offer education and follow-up care. Prior to discharge, the team that provides asthma education should meet with the family and the patient to impart information regarding maintenance, monitoring, and measures for environmental control. Early identification of exacerbations and the importance of adherence with therapy are paramount.

Studies have also demonstrated the importance of an asthma education plan. Guidelines regarding this literature have been published. [8]  

Patients require instruction in the appropriate use of inhalers, to be compliant with therapy, and to practice stress-avoidance measures. Stress factors (ie, triggers of asthma attacks) include pet dander, house dust, and mold. Strongly discourage patients from smoking, this habit should be avoided at all costs.

For patient education information, see the Asthma Center, as well as Asthma, Asthma FAQ, and Understanding Asthma Medications.


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