Nursing: Managing Asthma in Adults

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About Course #N1860

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Expiration Date: January 31, 2021

2 Contact hours Asthma continues to be a major public health issue. New cases of asthma continue to occur, increasing the prevalence of this disease (Lundback, Backman, Lotvall, and Ronmark, 2016). While asthma is a life-long disease, with proper management symptoms can remain under control with little to no impact on quality of life.

Asthma management is lacking within the US healthcare system, as evidenced by increasing hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Evidence of poor asthma control is seen with 43.6% of adults having one or more asthma attacks (Centers for Disease Control, 2017). To prevent the avoidable adverse events of asthma exacerbations, leading to work and school days missed, emergency room visits and hospitalizations, health care providers need to be able to assist the patient with asthma self-management. The purpose of this course is to discuss unique features of asthma and asthma management in adults, particularly, the older adult.

Please Note: This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with, course #N1787 - Asthma Management in Children and Adults, 2nd Edition.

About the Author

Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP, is an Assistant Professor in the Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University. She received her PhD from the Decker School of Nursing, with her dissertation focusing on asthma management of school nurses. Dr. Quaranta's research focus is on barriers and facilitators for asthma management. As a Train the Trainer for the American Lung Association's Open Airways for Schools curriculum, she has worked collaboratively with the Broome County Health Department, the Asthma Coalition of the Southern Tier, United Health Services Hospital, and the local American Lung Association to implement this program in local schools. Through integration of Open Airways into course content, undergraduate nursing students teach the program, allowing for sustainability of Open Airways and providing access to asthma self-management education.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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