Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: New York (cont’d)
Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services Asthma Program
Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services
New York, NY
Susanne Lachapelle, BSN, RN
Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service's (LSAFHS) Asthma Program was piloted in December of 1997. The goal was to reduce the need for children to visit hospital emergency rooms or to be hospitalized due to asthma, and to reduce school absences due to asthma for school aged children.
LSAFHS hired a part-time community environmental worker who was teamed with a visiting nurse to provide the in-home intervention. Referrals were accepted from hospitals, clinics, other LSAFHS programs, schools, families, and friends. Children who were having difficulties with asthma management ranging from reported poor compliance with medical regimens to excessive number of hospitalizations were targeted.
Home nursing visits focused on teaching the children and family about asthma, the importance of following the prescribed treatment, healthy nutrition and how to manage an asthma emergency. The environmental worker conducted an assessment of the home looking for conditions that are known to trigger an allergic response and an asthma attack.
The 1997-2003 evaluation of program activities revealed a positive impact on hospital utilization and emergency room visits.
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