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Asthma Action Plans at the Breathing Institute

What is an asthma action plan?

An Asthma Action Plan (AAP) is a written plan that outlines how to manage your child’s asthma. View an example of our Asthma Action Plan (AAP) .pdf

The asthma action plan shows your child’s daily treatment, such as what kind of medicines to take and when to take them. Your child’s plan describes how to control asthma on a daily basis and how to handle worsening symptoms, or attacks. The plan explains when to call the doctor or go to the emergency room or urgent care.  

If your child has asthma, all of the people who care for him or her should know about your child’s asthma action plan. These caregivers include babysitters and providers at daycare centers, schools and camps. These caregivers can help your child follow his or her action plan.  

Why do we measure the percentage of families receiving an asthma action plan?

We measure the number of families receiving an AAP both in the outpatient clinic as well as when a child is discharged from an inpatient unit after having difficulties with asthma. The providers in the Breathing Institute measure this indicator because it is important for families to have this resource available at all times, and the Breathing Institute is committed to providing the necessary education and tools to have you feel confident to respond to your child’s asthma at home.

Inpatient asthma action plans

After a child has been hospitalized for asthma, it is very important to consistently manage symptoms. The lungs are at more risk than normal of another exacerbation, and it is important to make sure medicines are taken exactly as prescribed and triggers are avoided so your child can be healthy again. 

 A bar chart with percentages on the y-axis and the years 2012-2015 on the x-axis. Each bar is magenta and there is a maroon line across 90% representing the goal. 2012 is 93%, 2013 is 95%, 2014 is 97%, 2015 is 96%.

Outpatient asthma action plans

Keeping your child symptom-free at home is also very important, so in the Breathing Institute we make AAPs a priority during outpatient visits as well. 

A bar chart with percentages on the y-axis and the years 2012-2015 on the x-axis. Each bar is magenta and there is a maroon line across 90% representing the goal. 2012 is 79%, 2013 is 89%, 2014 is 76%, 2015 is 81%.

While we aren’t meeting our goal yet, we’ve made great progress since making AAPs a priority.  We’ve improved by paying close attention to the data, educating our providers/staff and continuing to work to get better.

View an example of our Asthma Action Plan (AAP) .pdf


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