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An Asthma Action Plan (AAP) is a written plan that outlines how to manage your child’s asthma. We distribute AAPs to patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings. An AAP is designed to help parents manage their children's asthma. The AAP:
If your child has asthma, all of the people who care for them should know about their AAP. These caregivers include babysitters and providers at daycare centers, schools and camps. By providing parents, family, friends and caregivers with a child’s AAP, they can help the child to follow the plan, manage their asthma and take the right actions if they have an asthma attack.
We measure the number of families receiving an AAP both in our outpatient clinics as well as when a child is discharged from one of our inpatient units post-asthma issue.
The providers at the Breathing Institute track and measure this data because:
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.
This is why the experts at our Breathing Institute distribute AAPs to our patients upon discharge. Here you can see the percentage of inpatient admissions who were given an AAP upon discharge over the last six years.
The upward trend shows we’ve hit our target of 90%, and we aim to keep increasing the number of AAPs distributed year after year.
Keeping your child symptom-free at home is also very important, so at the Breathing Institute, we make AAPs a priority during outpatient visits as well.
In 2017, we distributed an AAP during 96.14% of outpatient visits; 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