Allergies & Asthma
Children with asthma have always struggled with seasonal allergies in our
area. Knoxville has been ranked as one of the most difficult cities in
the state to live with asthma.
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is committed to leading the way
in excellent pediatric asthma care, and in 2015 we convened a group of
key stakeholders to determine an action plan for asthma excellence.
Over the past three years, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has
launched two innovative programs to help this patient population.
By teaming up with state and local partners, East Tennessee Children’s
Hospital has seen:
- Decreased readmissions - statewide, in collaboration with other children’s hospitals
- Improved follow-up care - two specially-certified staff members assigned
to identify gaps in knowledge, concerns, and ease-of-access
- Innovative technology - partnered with University of Tennessee to trial
an app which improves self-management of asthma
- Improved environmental concerns - by offering free legal aid to all patients
and families, we can ensure that patients are awarded safe, equal housing
Breathe Easy Asthma Screenings
Over the past five years, the Breathe Easy Program has provided free asthma
screenings, assessments, and asthma education to low socioeconomic, high-risk
areas in our service area.
Screenings are provided for children 5 years and older. We have seen improved
success by partnering with local school districts and community organizations
to conduct screenings during school hours.
In 2018, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Breathe Easy Program
successfully completed nine independent events, reaching a total of 536
children and adults.