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Asthma in Corrections

As nurses in corrections, we see a large number of patients affected by asthma. Many have poor asthma control due to their inability to purchase medication, knowledge deficit about their chronic condition or general apathy about their health. Helping the patient achieve and maintain asthma control requires patient education in self-management skills and monitoring the patient’s response to medication to assess control.

This class is an in-depth review of asthma, including pathophysiology, breath sounds (with audio), the Step-Wise approach to asthma care, pharmacotherapy, and patient education.  Step-by-step instructions are included for use of an inhaler and spacer, obtaining a peak flow measurement, and use of a nebulizer.  The patient Asthma Education Plan will also be reviewed.