Asthma is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in Canada, affecting approximately three million Canadians. Over 50 per cent of asthma sufferers, however, do not have their disease well controlled. The goal of our Asthma Education Centre is to help you gain and maintain control of your asthma with the least amount of medication.
To see the Asthma Education Centre, your physician needs to fill out a referral form.
Information Our Asthma Education Centre Provides
The clinic provides education for both children and adults based on the Canadian Consensus Guidelines. You will learn:
- How to recognize and understand your body’s warning signs
- What triggers your asthma and how to avoid it
- How to take inhaled medications with minimal side effects
- How to use an action plan: your personal guide if your asthma gets out of control
- How to achieve control of your asthma
What You Should Know Before Your Appointment
- Please do not wear perfume on the day of your visit
- Bring all breathing medications to the appointment
Frequently Asked Questions
Triggers, symptoms, and medications change frequently. Visiting the Asthma Education Centre will ensure you are following the asthma guidelines for treating and managing asthma. We will also make sure the medication you are using is properly controlling your symptoms.
Please bring all your medications and devices (such as a spacer) to your appointment.
No, continue to take your medications as you normally would.
Yes, the registered respiratory therapist reports to your physician or respiratory specialist on your progress after each visit. A detailed note is stored in your hospital health record and your physician’s office.
A New Initiative: Cloud DX
The Cloud DX package helps people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma to self-manage their condition. Patients use a tablet and tools to measure their vital signs including oxygen saturation, blood pressure, heart rate, and weight. This information is automatically sent to the patient’s care team at the hospital to monitor their health condition, prevent flare-ups, and reduce the risk of emergency visits. This project is still in the pilot stage.