ERIC Number: ED350554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst. (DHHS/NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
This guide was developed to provide school personnel with practical ways to help students with asthma participate fully in all school activities. It begins by noting the prevalence of asthma and stating that asthma is a leading cause of absenteeism among students. This is followed by a brief description of asthma as a chronic lung disease characterized by acute episodes or attack of breathing problems such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. A list of common "triggers" or stimuli that cause asthma episodes is given. Effective asthma management in the schools is described and an asthma management program from school is provided. Reproducible action sheets for school staff include sheets delineating the role of the principal, the school nurse or other health professional, the classroom teacher, the physical education instruction and coach, and the guidance counselor. The guide concludes with a set of resource information on asthma, including a list of early signs of an asthma episode, a sample asthma action plan, information on the use of a metered dose inhaler and a peak flow meter, and a list of resources available to schools to help manage asthma. (NB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst. (DHHS/NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.