Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Connecticut
Putting on AIRS
Ledge Light Health District
Kathy Cooper-McDermott, RN
(860) 448-4882 ext. 315
The Putting on AIRS (AIRS) program serves a diverse ten-town region in southeastern Connecticut. The AIRS program began in 2002 as the result of a pilot project developed and tested by the New London Department of Health and Social Services in collaboration with Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. The goal of this voluntary program is to reduce acute asthma episodes through recognition and elimination/reduction of environmental and other asthma triggers leading to improved asthma control.
The AIRS program is centered around home visits that provide the patient, family, caregiver with one or more one-on-one, interactive, health education session(s) focusing on patient education and asthma self-management. A registered nurse and registered environmental sanitarian collaborate as a team. The registered nurse is experienced in home visitation and is knowledgeable of the home environmental assessment and the importance of asthma triggers. The nurse conducts the education session, reviews medications and conducts ongoing asthma case management. Both the nurse and the sanitarian conduct environmental assessments of the home and/or caregiver locations. Follow-up is conducted with the patient/family/caregiver at two-weeks and three-months.
The 2003 health outcomes evaluation revealed that participation in the program improved emergency department visits, unscheduled (sick) office visits, school absences, and work loss.
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