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There are easy, inexpensive methods that can improve the environment for asthmatics, according to Jessica Lopez, RRT, respiratory therapy educator for the ED at Hemet (CA) Valley Medical Center. Lopez recommends sharing the following tips with patients and their families:
For more information about asthma education programs, contact:
• Rita K. Cydulka, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, MetroHealth Medical Center, Room S1-203, 2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland, OH 44109. Telephone: (216) 778-5088. Fax: (216) 778-5349. E-mail: email@example.com.
• Jessica F. Lopez, RRT, Hemet Valley Medical Center, 1117 E. Devonshire Ave., Hemet, CA 92543. Telephone: (909) 766-6450. Fax: (909) 766-6466. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Barbara Weintraub, RN, MPH, MSN, Northwest Community Hospital, 800 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005. Telephone: (847) 618-5432. Fax: (847) 618-5419. E-mail: email@example.com.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Expert Panel Report 2: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (NIH Publication 97-4051) is available on the Web site (www.nhlbi.nih.gov; click on "clinical guidelines") or for $7 for single copies, plus $2 shipping and handling. An abbreviated version of the guidelines, Practical Guide for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (NIH Publication 97-4053), also is available free on the Web site or for $5 for single copies, with no shipping and handling charges for orders under $6. To order, contact:
• National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center, P.O. Box 30105, Bethesda, MD 20824-0105. Telephone: (301) 592-8573. Fax: (301) 592-8563. Web: www.nhlbi.nih.gov.