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At Children's Hospital Colorado, the pediatric experts in our Asthma Program provide comprehensive asthma education to patients and families and the latest in diagnostic testing. We also offer trigger identification to find the causes of asthma, including pulmonary function testing and allergen skin testing if age-appropriate.
Our staff includes dedicated pulmonologists, allergists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, a dietician and a social worker. Many of our staff members are certified asthma educators.
Asthma is the most common chronic (long-lasting) condition in children. Asthma symptoms range from recurrent coughing or wheezing to exercise-induced coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or low endurance.
Our Breathing Institute's mission is to provide comprehensive clinical care and consultation for children with common and complex breathing problems.
Our pediatric healthcare providers work closely with hospitals, referring providers and community organizations to promote healthy outcomes for our patients with asthma and to decrease the frequency of emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to asthma exacerbations (which can include chest tightness, skin color changes and allergy or cold-like symptoms). Every year, our team sees more than 2,000 patients for their asthma care, including more than 200 patients who have high-risk asthma.
At Children's Colorado, parents and families are valued members of their child's healthcare team. We take time to answer questions, address your concerns and provide the education and tools you need to manage your child's asthma on a day-to-day basis and during exacerbations. Our asthma team also coordinates communication between your child's healthcare providers.
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We evaluate all therapeutic options and provide opportunities for kids to participate in research studies that may prevent asthma exacerbations, even in difficult-to-control asthma. Our team develops personalized medicine techniques to help these children control their asthma and provide psychosocial support for children with asthma and their families.
Allergies and asthma often go hand-in-hand. Approximately 88 percent of pediatric patients who have asthma also have allergies. When a child can better control their allergies, they can better control their asthma. This is why we partner with our Allergy Program to help treat patients with allergy-induced asthma and other allergic conditions connected to asthma – such as eczema, nose allergies (hay fever), and food allergies.
The Multidisciplinary Asthma Clinic (MAC) provides comprehensive care for pediatric patients with difficult-to-treat and severe asthma. Patients have a dedicated team of providers who specialize in pulmonary, allergy and social work, plus access to nutrition, speech therapy and psychology as needed.
Our goal is to improve the health and quality of life for children with asthma and their families. This includes those who have frequent attacks or whose lives are chronically affected by asthma despite medication and excellent care by their current provider.
Patients ideally suited for this clinic may have had more than two emergency room visits or more than one hospitalization for their asthma. They may also not respond to standard guideline-based therapy.
Our teams evaluate patients for additional medical diagnoses that complicate asthma care, identify triggers that patients may have a hard time avoiding, and optimize the care for allergies.
Many patients with difficult-to-treat asthma also report that life stressors make it hard to care for their asthma. Our dedicated social worker will explore these barriers to care and provide access to essential resources.
The coordinated care that families receive in the MAC helps avoid multiple appointments, simplifying their care. The multidisciplinary setting allows collaboration, better communication and support for the primary asthma provider and other community-based caregivers.
The Asthma Program is committed to conducting cutting-edge research designed to advance asthma care and offer the most advanced treatment options. Program members participate in developing state, national and worldwide asthma guidelines.
This research is aimed at identifying new treatment strategies and medications, with the goal of preventing the onset of the disease. We also conduct research in the school setting to support a collaborative approach to asthma management in all areas of the child's life.
Pulmonology - Pediatric, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner