Asthma is the #1 reason children are taken to the emergency room, but doctors at the Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center say it doesn't have to be.
The hospital is taking strides to improve asthma care for children in the hospital, and after they've returned home as well. Monday, doctors began training children between the ages of 7 and 14. They also addressed new changes in asthma treatment.
Generally, when a child with asthma comes in, nurses and doctors do an asthma control test.
"It's just a survey asking questions about how they have been controlled in the last month, how much asthma has interfered in their day-to-day life, and how much they're using their rescue inhalers, and if they're using anything else other than their rescue inhalers," said Joanne Dehone, an LPN at the hospital.
Guiding children and their families toward proper asthma care prevents costly and unnecessary trips to the emergency room.