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In the mainland U.S., it’s that time of year where pollen blooms and sneezes grow more and more frequent. This makes the month of May the perfect time to celebrate National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website, 10 people die every day from asthma and more than 24.5 million Americans have the disease, 6 million of them being children. The AAFA website also states that more than 50 million Americans have allergies of various types with the number growing rapidly. Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month serves to raise public awareness about these diseases that are so common, but also widely misunderstood.

The AAFA put together resource tools for those looking to take part in spreading awareness this month about asthma, allergies, treatment of these diseases, responses to allergic reactions or asthma attacks, and more. Social media images, easily-posted asthma facts, and other social media resources can be found here.

Awareness events are also planned throughout the month, such as Air Quality Awareness Week (April 30 – May 4), a Twitter chat (May 2), Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 13-19), and more. A full list of events can be found here. The AAFA website provides resources as well on ways you can take action in spreading awareness in addition to fundraising kits for those interested.

EvidenceCare and Asthma Protocols

Due to the prevalence of asthma in the United States, EvidenceCare realizes the importance of providing and perfecting our asthma protocols. For these protocols, we knew we wanted to work with Brian Wright, MD, assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, attending physician in the emergency department at Stony Brook University Hospital, national speaker on pulmonary issues, and author of the EvidenceCare asthma protocols.

Topics covered in these protocols include acute exacerbations and impending respiratory arrest. We also embedded the Pediatric Asthma Score (PAS) and the Pediatric Respiratory Asthma Measurement (PRAM) as decision rules to help you risk stratify your patient as quickly as possibly.

Guideline recommendations are included from “Managing Asthma Exacerbations in the Emergency Department: Summary of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel” (ATS 2009), British guidelines on the management of asthma (2014), and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

In patient education, patients are provided with credible educational resources on topics like “Asthma and Exercise” and “How to Use an Inhaler.”

If you’d like to take a look at our asthma protocols or the rest of our free tool, sign up for EvidenceCare here.