Florida Asthma Program
General Asthma Resources
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An asthma action plan is a written, individualized worksheet that shows the
patient and caretakers the steps to take to prevent your asthma from getting
National Asthma Education and Prevention Program's
Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3 Guidelines)
recommend that health care providers caring for patients with asthma work with
them to develop an asthma action plan.
Visit our page on Asthma Action Plans to find
out more information and to access sample plans that meet the national
Asthma Control: Home-Based Multi-Trigger, Multicomponent
Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends recommends the use of home-based multi-trigger, multi-component interventions with an environmental focus for children and adolescents with asthma
based on evidence of effectiveness in improving overall quality of life and productivity, specifically:
- Improving asthma symptoms
- Reducing the number of school days missed to asthma
Asthma Home Environment Checklist
guides home care visitors in identifying environmental asthma triggers most commonly found in homes. It includes sections on the building, home interior and room interior and provides
low-cost action steps for remediation.
Clearing the Air: 10 Steps to Making your Home Asthma-Friendly
This one page, simple to follow guidance document lists recommended actions to help control asthma triggers in the home.
Dusty the Asthma Goldfish and His Asthma Triggers Funbook
This educational activity book helps children learn more about asthma triggers.
EnviroFlash - Subscribe to Air Quality Alerts
EnviroFlash is a system that sends e-mails about your daily air quality
forecast. You customize the system and set the level of air
quality that you want to be notified about, based on AQI values and
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Asthma
webpage dedicated to asthma.
Florida Air Now
This website provides the
current daily Air Quality Index (AQI) for Florida. The AQI is an index that tells you how clean or polluted the outdoor air is, based on the
combination of 5 major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:
Asthma Care Quality Improvement
(AHRQ): A Resource Guide
and Workbook for State Action
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action and its companion workbook,
Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Workbook for State Action. These materials were designed in partnership with the Council of State Governments to help States assess the quality of
asthma care and create quality improvement strategies.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Asthma Return on Investment Calculator
This is a tool for exploring potential financial returns from quality improvement and disease management programs for populations diagnosed with asthma.
Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) - Asthma Self-Management Education (ASME)
The AARC established the Asthma Self-Management Education (ASME) to recognize and certify asthma education programs that adhere to high standard of quality.
Asthma Educator Certification
National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) exam is a voluntary testing program used to assess qualified health
professionals knowledge in asthma education. It is an evaluative process
that demonstrates that rigorous education and experience requirements have
Florida Society for Respiratory Care (FSRC)
The FSRC encourages and promotes professional excellence, advancing the science and practice of respiratory care, and serves as an advocate for patients, their families, the public, the profession, and the respiratory therapist.
Joint Commission Asthma Certification
The Joint Commissions
Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is designed to evaluate clinical
programs across the continuum of care. This includes but is not limited to
hospitals, long term care facilities, home care organizations, health plans,
physician groups, and disease management companies.
NAEPP Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3)
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP), coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI),
convened an expert panel in 2007 to complete a systematic review of the published medical literature and to update the asthma guidelines to reflect the latest scientific advances.
This document provides new
guidance for selecting treatment based on a patient's individual needs and
level of asthma control. The guidelines emphasize that while asthma
can be controlled, the condition can change over time and differs among
individuals and by age groups, emphasizing the importance of regularly
monitoring the patient's level of asthma control and adjusting treatment as
Visit our page on Asthma-Friendly Childcare Centers
Asthma: A Presentation of Asthma Management and Prevention
Slide presentation depicting the pathophysiology of asthma; prevention;
mortality and morbidity measures at the national level; risk factors; medical
management; and the public health response needed to successfully fight asthma.