Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes (airways) that causes swelling and narrowing (constriction) of the airways. The result is difficulty breathing. Asthma can be triggered by a variety of factors, including allergies, tobacco smoke or exercise.
Asthma symptoms can often be completely, or at least partially, reversed with treatment, however the triggers and severity of the reaction varies greatly by individual. At Rutland Regional, our specially trained staff work with each patient to determine the appropriate medication and lifestyle plan to help them control symptoms.
Once your doctor has diagnosed you with asthma, he/she may refer you to the Rutland Pulmonary Center for further testing. The results of these tests will help determine the severity of your condition. Our educators and other staff will work with you and your family to develop your treatment plan, which may include lifestyle changes and/or medication.
The asthma educators at our Asthma Clinic support patients who have a new or existing diagnosis of asthma. We work with patients and families to recognize and minimize the symptoms of asthma, to prevent flare-ups by proper use of medications, and to improve quality of life. Individual sessions are scheduled with a referral from a physician. Educational topics may include:
Asthma Triggers. Cold temperatures, allergies, tobacco smoke, pet dander, dust mites and even exercise, are just a few of the things that could trigger an asthma attack. We will help you determine your triggers and how you can reduce or eliminate them.
Peak Flow Meter. A peak flow meter is a portable hand-held device that is used to measure how well air moves out of your lungs. Measuring your peak flow using this meter is an important part of managing your asthma symptoms and preventing an asthma attack.
Medication. Long-term control medications keep your symptoms at bay on a day-to-day basis. Quick-relief (rescue) medications treat asthma symptoms once they start. Our asthma educators help patients to understand how and when to take their medications.
Ongoing Care. We help you determine how often you need to visit your doctor or clinic, and help arrange those arrangements.
In-Home Pediatric Asthma Intervention Program
The In-Home Pediatric Asthma Intervention Program is a free program which uses home visits by an asthma nurse educator and a home environmental specialist, to help families identify asthma triggers (allergen & irritants), reduce contact with triggers and manage their child’s asthma symptoms.
The program is run by Asthma Intervention of the Rutland Region (AIRR), a partnership between Rutland Regional Medical Center, the State of Vermont, Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice and Rutland Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.