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Quality Network Newsletter

September 2008

Table of Contents

Program Update       
Asthma News      
Clinical Update    
Asthma Tools and Resources

Program Update

Rhonda Vosmus honored with the 2008 ALAME Patient Advocacy Award
The AH! Program would like to congratulate Rhonda on being the recipient of this well-deserved award.  Rhonda's efforts on behalf of patients with asthma begin at Maine Medical Center, continue within the entire MaineHealth system, not to mention her role throughout the state, as well as nationally, and ending with her volunteer work in Haiti.  We are proud to have her on our team and welcome the opportunity to celebrate her work. The award will be presented at the American Lung Association's Annual Meeting on October 3rd.   We hope you can join us when Rhonda is honored.  Click here for the meeting brochure.  

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Asthma Education Gets High Marks
Over an 8 month period, from October 1, 2007 to May 20, 2008, 27 patient satisfaction surveys were received by the MMC AH! Program.  Over 85% of respondents said that talking with an asthma educator and learning how to use medications and devices was very helpful. 96% felt more confident after seeing an asthma educator.  Respondents reported that after meeting with an asthma educator they knew: what can make asthma worse (92%) and how to control my or my child's asthma (88%).  All 27 said that they would recommend asthma education to other people with asthma and their families. One mother wrote: "Our son has taken responsibility since his session to properly use his medications! He feels so much better!  Another parent said "My son's asthma scared me before, but I feel I now understand what we need to do to control it and not fear it".

Asthma News

Organizational meeting of the new Maine Asthma Council
Thursday, September 25th from 1-4, at the State Office Building in Augusta, Room 541. Remote access will be available.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2008 COPD Educator Institute
The American Lung Association of Maine is proud to sponsor the second Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Educator Institute.  The Institute will provide a complete overview of COPD to healthcare and health education professionals who are providing or preparing to provide self management education for patients with COPD. Specific attention will be give to tobacco treatment, spirometry, self management of COPD, medication guidelines, psychosocial issues, and oxygen therapy. 
Dates:  Day 1: Thursday, October 30, 2008; 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
              Day 2: Friday, October 31; 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Dana Center, Maine Medical Center in Portland
CEUs: Applications for RN and RT CEUs have been submitted.
Fee: $100, includes materials, snacks, and lunch on day 2.
To Register: Mail registration form or submit online after Sept. 17th
FMI: Debbie Andrews, 888-241-6566, ext. 106,  

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Clinical Update

Updated Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination
Click here for the recommendations for influenza immunization in children,
Check this site for the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2008

Asthma Rates Soaring Among Adult Hospital Patients
" Hospitals are finding that increasing numbers of adults who are admitted to the hospital for other conditions also have asthma, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Between 2000 and 2005, the number of adults who were hospitalized and found to have asthma as a secondary condition increased  from approx 753,800 to 1,609,200 - an increase of 113 percent."
View the study at  Am J Ind Med. 2008 Aug 13. [Epub ahead of print]

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Asthma Tools and Resources

Get Your Asthma Clinical Guidelines Flipchart
Click here to view the 2008 flipchart which is a concise reference in an easy-to-use format based on the NHLBI Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, 2007.  The flipchart is also available on the J.S. McCarthy website

Asthma Action plans - Fall is the Time for Review
Fall is the perfect time to review asthma action and school plans with patients.  School nurses need to know how to help students with asthma before allergy and cold season is upon us.  Please update asthma action plans and make sure to send a copy to the school for children that have been newly diagnosed. For school-aged children use the combined asthma action management/school plan.

ACT (Asthma Control Test) Now!
One way to assess whether a person's asthma is controlled is by using the Asthma Control Test (ACT).  It will also help you when you are reviewing or writing a new action plan.  ACT has been translated into several languages.  
Click here to download a copy of ACT for ages 4-11.
Click here  for ages 12 and up.

Updated Inhaled Medications List Available

As medications change, so does the inhaled medications list for controller and quick relief medications.  Click here to see the recently updated version.

The above forms are available on the J.S. McCarthy website at .

NEEF's Environmental History Form for Pediatric Asthma Patients
This form is intended for use with children already diagnosed with asthma. Designed for ease of use, the Environmental History Form is not comprehensive and is intended as an initial intake tool.
Click here  to download the form.

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