Asthma can be debilitating and affect your quality of life. The trained staff at Rutland Regional will work closely with you to determine the cause of your asthma and develop a treatment and lifestyle plan to help you control your symptoms.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes (airways) that causes them to swell and narrow, resulting in difficult breathing. Asthma can be triggered by allergies, smoke, exercise or other factors, and the severity of the reaction can vary greatly from person to person.
If your doctor suspects that you are suffering from asthma, you may be referred to the Rutland Pulmonary Center for further testing. Our pulmonary function technologists use proven testing techniques to quickly and accurately diagnose your condition and determine its severity.
Treatment and Education
Our staff will work closely with you to develop a personalized asthma treatment plan tailored to your lifestyle. The educators at our Asthma Clinic will provide you with the support and information you need to improve your quality of life, manage your medication, and recognize, prevent and minimize flare-ups.
Individual education sessions are available with a physician referral and address topics such as:
Cold temperatures, allergies, smoke, pet dander, dust mites and even exercise can be responsible for an asthma attack. Our specialists will help you determine your triggers and offer recommendations for how you can reduce or eliminate them.
Peak Flow Meter
Our specialists will teach you how to use a peak flow meter, which is a portable hand-held device that measures how well air moves in and out of your lungs. Measuring your peak flow is an important tool to help manage your asthma symptoms and prevent an asthma attack.
Your doctor may prescribe long-term control medications that are taken daily to prevent symptoms or quick-relief (rescue) medications to treat asthma symptoms after they start. Our specialists will help you understand how and when to use your medications to best control your symptoms.
Our specialists will assess your condition and help you determine how often you need to see your doctor. We will also assist you with scheduling appointments.
In-Home Pediatric Asthma Intervention Program
The In-Home Pediatric Asthma Intervention Program provides free home visits by an asthma nurse to help families identify asthma triggers such as allergens and irritants, reduce contact with triggers and manage their child’s asthma symptoms.
The program is run by Asthma Interventions in the Rutland Region (AiRR) , which is a partnership among Rutland Regional Medical Center, the state of Vermont, Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice and Rutland Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.