Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Maryland (cont'd)
First East Coast Breathmobile
University of Maryland Hospital for Children
The First East Coast Breathmobile, managed by the University of Maryland Hospital for Children, was established in 2003.
The Breathmobile is an asthma clinic on wheels capable of providing ongoing treatment of asthma to children who do not have access to medical care. This custom-built motor home allows healthcare providers to diagnose children with asthma, provide treatment, and dispense medication directly to the child at his or her school. This program targets children 5-12 years in approximately 24 participating schools in Baltimore, MD.
The school nurse, primary care physician, or parent refers a child with signs and symptoms of asthma to the program. At each visit, the child is examined by the asthma specialist and the nurse provides education and support. The Breathmobile visits each school every seven weeks. Some schools make the Breathmobile visit a regular school activity to encourage participation.
Evaluations to date indicate a positive impact on the following health outcomes: hospital utilization, emergency department visits, school absences, and medication use.
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