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Asthma Page LogoNine Organizations Issue a Joint Statement on Improving Asthma Management in Schools

In the United States, more than 7 million children have asthma, and of the school absences caused by chronic conditions, asthma is one of the biggest contributors, causing over 10 million missed school days annually. That is why nine health and school-based organizations --including NASN -- have come together and issued a joint statement on improving asthma management in schools, which provides best practices for a healthy school environment that promotes student learning and wellbeing.
Read the statement here. (May 2013)

National Association of School Nurses resources

Asthma – Basic Information

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

    • Asthma Basics – Information including “What is Asthma?”, “How is Asthma Diagnosed?” and information about asthma episodes.

    American Lung Association:

    • Asthma medication videos – Eight videos are easily accessible to help demonstrate the proper technique for a number of asthma devices.

    National Environmental Education Foundation:

    Additional Asthma Tools

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

    American Lung Association:

    • Asthma Basics – Online curriculum provides asthma information in 50 minute lesson. This can be an appropriate tool for parents/guardians of children with asthma or a refresher for school nurses.

    • What is Asthma? Animation – This animation provides a quick overview of asthma and what happens in the lungs.

    • Asthma Educator Institute – Professional development program that provides information on guideline-based care and prepares participants to sit for the NAECB exam.

    Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America:

    • Asthma Management and Education - 2-hour program that recognizes the critical role allied health professionals play in educating and caring for the patient with asthma and allergies.

    • Wee Breathers - a flexible and interactive program designed to reach families of pre-school-age children with asthma in their homes or in child care settings. 
      The program consists of 7 one-hour lessons, two checklists for identifying asthma triggers in the home & in child care centers, and an instructor guide.

    School Tools and Forms

    National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:

    Allergy and Asthma Network, Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

    • Asthma Inhalers - This colorful 17” x 22” poster helps patients identify their medication for healthcare providers and offers easy reference for patient education. Perfect for school clinics and emergency rooms. NEWLY UPDATED IN 2011! Purchase individual posters at $5 each.

    American Lung Association:

    Resources for Families, Children and Youth

    Allergy and Asthma Network, Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

    • EnviroFlash! - Provides daily air quality information such as forecasts and action day notifications via email for your area of interest. Air quality information allows you to adjust your lifestyle when necessary on unhealthy air quality days.

    American Lung Association

    • Back to School Checklist for Students with Asthma - This back-to-school season, the American Lung Association highlights tips for families of children with asthma and stresses the importance of crafting a plan to properly manage asthma in a school environment.

    • Lungtopolis® and Lungtropolis® Parents – Help save Lungtropolis and fight the mucus mob while learning about asthma management! This proven effective online game for children 5-10, also includes a parent component to support adults as they help manage their child’s asthma.

    • Open Airways For Schools®– Interactive, in-person asthma management curriculum for children 8-11, led by a certified facilitator. In many cases, the program’s certified facilitator is a school nurse.

    Starlight Children’s Foundation

    • Quest for the Code Asthma Game – The Quest for the Code® asthma game, weaves education about asthma management into an engaging adventure that will have children and teens ages 7 to 15 playing for hours. The game combines asthma education with rich graphics, an engaging storyline and the talent of eleven top celebrities to help young people learn how to manage their asthma.

    Page Last Updated October 2013

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