Pharmacologic therapy is used to prevent and control asthma symptoms, improve quality of life, reduce the frequency and severity of asthma exacerbations, and reverse airflow obstruction. Evaluating the effectiveness of asthma therapy, including inhaled corticosteroids, should be an ongoing process.
Learning Outcome: After completing this learning activity, the learner will be able to discuss how patients with mild, moderate, or severe, persistent asthma benefit from daily treatment with a long-term controller medication, primarily inhaled corticosteroids (ICS). Learning Engagement Activity: List the four essential components of asthma management identified by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute - See Page 2 of the article. See Table 1 for additional information about daily doses of inhaled corticosteroids for adults.
Contact hours available until 4/30/2021. Requirements for Successful Completion: Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation. Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure: The author(s), editor, editorial board, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article. Commercial Support and Sponsorship: No commercial support or sponsorship declared. Accreditation Information: This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).
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This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michelle Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Director.
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7/27/19 12:57 am
It has been years since I have had to administer an inhaler of any sort. Our Organization has an RT department who administers all those inhalers. The article was full of great reminders.
10/7/19 4:03 pm
Even though I currently do not work in pediatrics, understanding the side effects of ICS use in children and the possible side effects brought into adulthood is helpful.
5/16/20 1:11 pm
I do not administer inhalers at work as our RT does all of those, but I have asthma so I do have three that I do use. I know that spacers do help deliver more medicine to the airway, but many patients need education on these which we are able to do. This was a very informative article.
9/1/20 4:54 pm
Excellent article. Agree with open communication with the entire healthcare team improves patient outcomes and decrease healthcare costs.
1/12/21 11:33 am
I enjoyed the updated references and conversation related to asthma management. This is both timely and relevant.