Asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses of childhood. The incidence of asthma in the pediatric population has increased in the past 30 years. While the severity of the disease varies from mild to severe, all patients with asthma are at risk for developing status asthmaticus. Recognizing when manifestations are indicative of worsening asthma allows the clinician to intervene sooner.
- Patient scenario knowledge applications throughout the course.
- Images and learner interactions that help promote understanding.
- Review and provision of several job aids―Asthma Action Plan, Children’s Asthma Bronchiolitis Score (CABS) and Acute Asthma Exacerbation Algorithm.
- Recognize the presenting signs and symptoms of acute asthma exacerbation.
- Use an evidence-based clinical scoring system to detect acute exacerbation of asthma in the pediatric patient.
- Outline the medical management of status asthmaticus or severe acute asthma exacerbation across the continuum of care, as the patient transitions from the ED to the PICU.
- Describe respiratory support strategies to manage the airway needs of a pediatric patient with severe acute asthma exacerbation or status asthmaticus.
- Assess the effectiveness of treatment and the patient's readiness to wean.
Note: This course is only available to staff at PLS Participating Hospitals through their Learning Management Systems.