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Asthma Management and Education-Online

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This course recognizes the critical role allied health professionals play in educating and caring for patients with asthma. Course content conforms with the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) 2007 Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

Overview

The Asthma Management and Education course is structured around NAEPP’s “Four Components of Asthma Management.” Allied Health professionals who complete the course will expand their knowledge of these four components which include: information on assessment and monitoring, control of environmental factors, pharmacologic management, and patient education.

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Modules

This program contains 12 modules of self-paced study. Upon completion of the full course nurses and Respiratory Therapists will be eligible to earn 7 continuing education credits from the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
    • Facts about Asthma
    • Myths about Asthma
  2. Assessment and Monitoring
    • Diagnosis and Severity of Asthma
    • Measurement of Lung Function
  3. Control of Environmental Factors
    • Environmental Allergens
    • Irritants and other factors
  4. Pharmacologic Management
    • Pathophysiology
    • Bronchodialator medication
    • Anti-inflammatory medication
  5. Patient Education
    • Partnership with the patient
    • Inhaler and Peak Flow Meter technique

Instructions for First Time Users

To access this free course follow the steps below. Please print instructions for your reference.

  1. Click on this link: www.mylearningcommunity.com
  2. First time users click on the blue “Click here to register” tab located on the left side of the page in the Log In box.
  3. Complete the “Create a User” form to create a new account. The (*) denotes all required items.
  4. Create a unique user name and password. You will need these items to access your account in the future.
  5. To complete the “Group Code” field enter the two letter abbreviation for the state where you reside (i.e. FL for Florida). **If you do not reside within the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico please enter INT as your group code. **
  6. To complete the “Organizational Code” field enter the letters AAFA.
  7. Once the form is completed, click “Submit” located on the bottom right of the page.
  8. When the Home Page appears, click on the “My Desktop” tab at the top of the page.
    1. Select “View All Courses”
    2. Choose the appropriate course
      1. Nurses and all other health professionals, select “Asthma Management and Education RN”
      2. Respiratory Therapists must select "“Asthma Management and Education RT”
    3. Select a module from the menu on the left to begin.
  9. When you have successfully completed all 12 modules and all evaluations click on “View CE Completions” to view and print your certificate. If you are having problems retrieving your certificate please contact Technical Support at 1-888-360-3300.
  10. Respiratory therapists who are members of the AARC must provide their name and license number on the learner survey at the end of the course to receive credit.

Instructions for Returning Users

At any time you may exit the course and your work will automatically be saved.

  1. To return to the course after logging out, go to www.mylearningcommunity.com
  2. As a returning user enter your unique name and password in the blue “Log In” box on the left side of the page and then click “Submit.”
  3. When the Home Page appears, click on the “Student Desktop” tab at the top of the page.
    1. Select “View All Courses”
      1. Nurses and all other health professionals, select “Asthma Management and Education RN”
      2. Respiratory Therapists must select "“Asthma Management and Education RT”
    2. Select an incomplete module from the menu on the left

Continuing Education Credits

This program has been approved for 7 CE credits by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) and 7 CRCE hours by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

For more information or assistance please contact Larissa Kaczaniuk, Educational Programs Assistant, at 202-466-7643 ext. 227 or larissa@aafa.org.

This course is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Indoor Environments Division.

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Asthma Management & Education

Education Health Professional

Asthma Management and Education, is a 2-hour program that recognizes the critical role allied health professionals play in educating and caring for the patient with asthma and allergies. Attendees earn continuing education credits while learning the latest information on the pathophysiology of asthma and allergy; current treatment methods; effective techniques for patient education; ways to prevent asthma episodes; and hands-on experience with peak flow meters and demonstration of medication delivery devices. More…

The importance of establishing a patient/clinician partnership for asthma management and patient education is also emphasized. The program reflects the most current standards from the 2007National Asthma Education and Prevention Program’s (NAEPP) Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

Program Goals

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of establishing a patient/clinician partnership for asthma management and patient education.
  • Discuss the importance of inflammation in the pathophysiology of asthma.
  • Identify strategies to reduce exposure to environmental triggers associated with asthma.
  • Identify the classifications and purpose of commonly prescribed asthma medications.
  • Describe the use of peak flow and asthma symptom monitoring the development of an asthma action plan.

Program Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Asthma: An Overview
  3. Factors Contributing to Asthma Severity
  4. Medications
  5. Peak Flow Meters
  6. Patient/Clinician Partnership

Program Materials

Attendees receive a peak flow meter, the NAEPP Practical Guide for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, and a program packet containing valuable resources and a copy of the program’s slide presentation for note taking.

Program Development

This program was developed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in 1992. Since the program began, more than 9,000 health professionals have received the specialized training from nurses and respiratory therapists with extensive experience providing professional-level asthma education.

Faculty Members

The faculty consists of allied health professionals with years of expertise in pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, allergy/immunology, and pulmonology. All faculty members have received special training to teach this continuing education course.

  • B. Gwen Carlton, DNP, FNP-BC, AE-C
  • Kathleen Conboy-Ellis, RN, PhD, MHA, CPNP, AE-C
  • Don J. Cui, PA-C, AE-C
  • Maureen R. George, RN, MSN, PhD, CS, AE-C
  • Margaret Lester, RN, NP, AE0C
  • Carol Lilley, RN, BSN
  • Jan Tippett, RN, AE-C

Continuing Education

This program has been approved for 2.4 CE credits by the Maryland Nurses Association and 2 CRCE credits by the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC).

This program is offered throughout the United States. Contact AAFA MD-Greater DC Chapter at 410-484-2054 for information on holding this workshop for your professional organization.

For a Little bit of Fun… Here’s how NOT to use an inhaler per Dr. House

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Asthma in the Older Adult Toolkit & Workshops

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AAFA MD-Greater DC Chapter offers a special 2.5 hour program for caregivers of seniors who suffer from one or all of the following chronic diseases: asthma, allergies and COPD. Diagnosing and treatment of these diseases among seniors is often complicated because the existence of other medical conditions and the special needs of the elderly, oftentimes make it challenging for caregivers. More…

This workshop is appropriate for:

  • Health Professionals
  • Senior Center staff
  • Assisted Living Center staff
  • Caregivers and
  • Family Members

Creation of the Toolkit and workshop materials was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a grant provided by the Maryland Asthma Coalition.

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Professional Training & Certification

The following are links to valuable training and certification programs.

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