Children hospitalized for asthma have a 20 percent chance of returning to the hospital within a year to treat another asthma flare, medical researchers say.
However, a new study in the February 2018 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics found that giving children (and/or their parents) appropriate asthma medication and education at discharge reduces their chances of being readmitted.
According to the study, which included data from 45 hospitals, successful discharge strategies for children with asthma included:
- Providing comprehensive asthma education, by a doctor, nurse, certified asthma educator or respiratory therapist.
- Providing asthma medications (quick-relief and/or controller inhalers, oral corticosteroids) and devices (spacer, valved holding chamber) at discharge
- Scheduling a follow-up appointment with a primary care doctor or asthma specialist.
- Planning a home visit to consider environmental factors (mold, dust, pets, pests) that could be triggering asthma symptoms.