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Asthma Quality Network Newsletter

September 2010

Table of Contents


Program Update

  • New Lung Health Clinical Specialist
    Martine Eon, BS, RRT joined Clinical Integration as the Lung Health Clinical Specialist in mid-August.  She will be working with practices and hospitals in the MaineHealth system to support their work with patients with COPD and asthma.  Martine also works for the Maine Sleep Institute and has a strong background in many facets of lung health.  We are happy to have her on our team!

Asthma News

  •  COPD Educator Institute
    Mark your calendars for the Fall COPD Educator Institute to be held at Southern Maine Medical Center on November 11th and 12th. Click here for more details or, contact Lee Gilman at the American Lung Association in Maine.
  •  Spirometery 360 course enrollment begins November 1st!
    The University of Washington's 2011 Spirometry 360 training is a great
    opportunity for those who are new to spirometry or for those wishing to expand their knowledge, skill and confidence in utilizing this test. Click here for more information.
  • Asthma:  A Clinical Guide
    SMMC Asthma Educator, Helen Roy, RRT, AE-C was a reviewer of the book, Asthma:  A Clinical Guide written by Margaret Clark, MS, RN, RRT-NPS.  It was published by Jones and Barlett Learning in June 2010.  Helen was the only reviewer from the Northeast. Congratulations Helen.
  • Maine Medical Center's Honor Night
    Rhonda Vosmus, RRT, AE-C was recently recognized for 30 years of service at Maine Medical Center.  Thank you Rhonda for your dedication, expertise and hard work.


Clinical Update


  • Risk factors of new-onset asthma in adults: a population-based international cohort study.
    Allergy. 65(8):1021-30, 2010 Aug. [ePub Feb 2010]
    Anto JM. Sunyer J. Basagana X. Garcia-Esteban R. Cerveri I. de Marco R. Heinrich J. Janson C. Jarvis D. Kogevinas M.
    Kuenzli N. Leynaert B. Svanes C. Wjst M. Gislason T. Burney P
    The occurrence of new-onset asthma during adulthood is common, but there is insufficient understanding of its determinants including the role of atopy.
    To assess the risk factors for the development of new-onset asthma in middle-aged adults and to compare them according to atopy.
  • Health Care Savings Attributable to Integrating Guidelines-based
    Asthma Care in the Pediatric Medical Home

    Roy Grant. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Volume 21, Number 2, May 2010 Supplement, pp. 82-92 (Article )Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press DOI: 10.1353/hpu.0.0308
    To estimate savings to health care system of a best-practice asthma intervention in primary care for inner-city children. Click here to read this article.
  • Telephone Coaching for Parents of Children With Asthma May Improve Quality of Life
    Garbutt JM, Banister C, Highstein G, Sterkel R, Epstein J, Bruns J, Swerczek L, Wells S, Waterman B, Strunk RC, Bloomberg GR.
    Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 S Euclid Ave, St Louis, MO 63110, USA.
    To determine whether an asthma coaching program can improve parent and child asthma-related quality of life (QOL) and reduce urgent care events. Click here to read the full article.

Asthma Tools and Resources 


  • New Asthma Action Plan for School Age Children is Here
    If you care for children with asthma, make sure that you order the latest asthma action plan which was developed in collaboration with the Maine Asthma Council for use with school age children.  The new plan is designed for easy use at the practice, home and school.  For MaineHealth members and affiliates, packs of 25 plans can be ordered at J.S. McCarthy at with your member log-in. For non-MaineHealth practices, please contact Desi-Rae Severson at . To view the new plan, click here.
  • Electronic asthma and COPD toolkits now available on MaineHealth website
    Look for the following electronic toolkits to assist in providing best practice for patients with asthma and COPD. One for adults and one for pediatrics offer useful resources to download, including clinical guidelines, action plans, and more. The following icons appear on the AH! homepage for healthcare professionals: and the clinical page for COPD:  



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