LincolnHealth - St. Andrews Campus offers an asthma program for children designed to educate asthmatics about how to live with this disease.
Asthma is a reversible obstruction of the bronchial airways (tubes leading from the windpipe into the lungs) and is caused by inflammation and mucous in the airways. The airways become abnormally sensitive to infection, weather, exercise, irritants and allergens (triggers). Inflammation and airway hypersensitivity are regarded as critical elements for the development of asthma, and treatment emphasis should include a major effort to reduce these factors.
Asthma severity can vary from one child to another and from one day to the next based on the ability to control the child's symptoms.
Asthma is also the most common discharge diagnosis for pediatrics. Obviously, it is extremely important that asthmatic children and their parents need to learn asthma management.
Children not only suffer the physical consequences of a chronic illness, they are severely hampered socially when subjected to excessive absenteeism due to poor asthma management. Parents and children must form a partnership with healthcare providers to better understand the causes of asthma and the appropriate treatment for long-term control.
LincolnHealth - St. Andrews Campus offers Open Airways, an asthma education program for children ages six to 18 years old and their parents. Call Yvonne Stanton, certified asthma educator, to set up a time to meet about your child's asthma concerns at 633-2121 ext. 133. The program length varies according to each student. Most insurance companies cover the cost of these sessions.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Everybody has a blood pressure. Without some pressure in your blood vessels, your blood couldn't circulate through your body. Without circulating blood, your vital organs couldn't get the oxygen and food they need to keep working.
LincolnHealth - St. Andrews Campus offers free blood pressure screenings twice a month, on the second Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the administration building and on the last Tuesday of the month from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Boothbay Harbor YMCA. Appointments are not necessary for the blood pressure screenings.
Here at LincolnHealth - St. Andrews Campus, we are committed to educating our community about these health issues. Stop by and visit one of our dedicated volunteers, you might learn something new! St. Andrews screenings can provide valuable educational information about blood pressure from organizations such as the American Heart Association.
This service was started and continues to be maintained by a group comprised of our extremely active auxiliary members and retired RNs, who have diligently worked at this program for almost 20 years.