East Tennessee Asthma Screening Program
As the region's Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, East Tennessee
Children’s Hospital pediatric pulmonologists and highly trained
pediatric staff include respiratory therapists and staff educators. We
want to ensure that families can identify asthma symptoms and know how
to react when they occur. It is crucial that families have the knowledge
needed to encourage better conversations about their symptoms with their
doctors. Children's Hospital's asthma screening and education
program helps build awareness of the symptoms and address the health issues
of those who are screened.
For more information about the Breathe Easy Asthma Screening Program, call
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital at (865) 541-8165.
Asthma Care in Knoxville
The Knoxville metro area is the 10th most challenging place in the nation to live with asthma, as reported
by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in 2013. Undiagnosed
asthma not only puts a child at risk for severe asthma attacks but can
also complicate other conditions. Screening and education are critical
components in identifying asthma and reducing the impact this disease
has on children and families. Knowledge and awareness are the first keys
Our asthma screening events include a symptom questionnaire, a pulmonary
function test and asthma education. The tests are performed by qualified
respiratory therapists and interpreted by a pulmonary nurse practitioner
or pulmonologist. Each person tested will receive their screening results.
If test results suggest that follow-up is needed, the screening results
will be sent home along with information about symptoms, screenings and
best responses to an acute attack. The results will also be sent to the
child's primary care physician. While tests are being interpreted,
the children will also learn about concerning asthma symptoms, the importance
of testing and how to respond if they witness an asthma attack.
Those who receive abnormal test results have the opportunity to be followed
by a nurse from Children's Hospital. The parents of each child will
receive a telephone call to answer any questions about the test. These
calls will help encourage appropriate medical follow up and provide support
for parents. The nurses who provide this service are trained in asthma
and will be available to address symptoms and answer any questions the
parent may have.
Breathe Easy is sponsored by the East Tennessee Foundation's
Respiratory Disease Fund.