Asthma Education

Taught by Certified Asthma Educator, Ruth Tollefson, R.N.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can cause a person to have breathing problems called asthma “attacks” or episodes. In an episode, a person’s airways become narrowed when they react to something in the environment, causing the lungs to get less air than normal. Symptoms of an asthma episode include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and/or tightness in the chest. During Asthma Education, we discuss the most common triggers to asthma “attacks”, and how to avoid triggers and lessen their effects on patients.

A demonstration and assessment of the patient’s technique in the use of their asthma medications is discussed. The patient is shown how to properly use a peak flow meter and how the peak flow meter used in conjunction with their specialized Asthma Action Plan can provide a tool to help to manage their asthma more easily at home. Patients are also provided with educational materials.