Asthma Resources

Healthy Waterbury Local Asthma Pathway

Have Asthma & live Waterbury?

If YES, make sure you are on the path to Asthma Control. Waterbury has high rates of Asthma, a chronic health condition that can be life-threatening. But there are steps YOU can take to keep your Asthma under control.

Need private or public health insurance coverage, or assistance for prescription medicines?

If YES, call Waterbury Health Access Program for assistance at 203-573-7681.

Need a Family Doctor or other Primary Care Provider – a PCP – for your asthma?

If YES, check the member services under your health insurance for a referral or call the Waterbury Health Access Program for assistance, 203-573-7681.

If NO, ask your PCP if you should see an asthma specialist such as an allergist for allergy testing or a pulmonologist for heart/lung testing.

Have an Asthma Action Plan – an AAP — to help YOU with YOUR Asthma self care?

Most people with asthma don’t have one, but an AAP helps you to manage your Asthma, and shows you when to seek help from your PCP, or even urgent or emergency care.

If YES, be sure to give a copy of the AAP to important people around you who may need the information to be able to help you – such as family members, the School Nurse, the day care provider, friends — AND keep a copy on your cell phone too.

If NO, ask your PCP to give you an AAP. To see an AAP, visit:
http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3137&q=397020

Do you monitor your Asthma symptoms daily?

A spirometer, a peak flow meter, or a simple Asthma Control Test (ACT) can help you to stay in the safe zone of your AAP.

Be sure to monitor Asthma daily especially if you are getting a cold and during pollen season to prevent Asthma from getting worse.

To try an ACT test, visit:
http://www.asthma.com/additional-resources/asthma-control-test.html
Or check out Asthma Apps on your phone.

Are you ready with up-to-date Asthma prescriptions?

Did you fill the prescriptions and do you have your daily Asthma and rescue medications, spacers and other devices organized and ready for daily as well as rescue use?

If YES, did you also provide a set of Asthma medications and devices to other caretakers, for example, if your child has asthma? Ask your healthcare provider to prescribe a 2nd set of medications for your child’s school or other caretakers.

Need help assistance to obtain prescription medications? Visit:
http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3137&q=420680

Have a spacer for use with your inhaler?

Most people with asthma don’t know that without a spacer most of the daily and rescue medication ends up in the stomach, not the lungs!

If NO, tell your healthcare provider you need a spacer and be sure to carry your spacer and inhaler with you.

Be sure to obtain your spacer from Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider for the most affordable cost.
For more info, visit:
http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3137&q=411964

Have environmental triggers in your home or even your workplace that can cause an Asthma attack – such as mold?

Asthma symptoms can be triggered by a variety of environmental factors.  Visit the link to find out more: https://www.lung.org/assets/documents/asthma/avoiding-and-controlling-triggers.pdf

If there are possible triggers in the workplace, contact your Human Resources Department or for more information, visit:
http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/

Is YOUR CHILD with asthma old enough to carry an inhaler?

If so, make sure that they have and use a spacer and that they tell you and the School Nurse whenever they use the inhaler and spacer. Inappropriate use of Asthma medications, including underuse, overuse and incorrect use without a spacer can cause life-threatening Asthma attacks.

Make sure YOUR CHILD understands their AAP too!
Visit this link with your YOUR CHILD for more info:
www.ctasthma.org/parents/

Has Asthma sent you to the Urgent Care Center, Emergency Room, or caused a hospitalization?

If so, make sure to tell your healthcare provider and the School Nurse, for example if your child has Asthma.
Your AAP and medications may even need to be changed if you are going to the hospital or urgent care center frequently.

Remember – Your healthcare provider and the School Nurse don’t know about your hospital or urgent care visits unless YOU tell them.

Are you ready to commit to quitting?

Second-hand smoke, including on your hands and clothes, is a leading trigger for Asthma attacks. If you smoke, only smoke outdoors well away from windows and doors that can allow the smoke into the home, and don’t allow guests to smoke in your home either. Wash your hands and change your clothes after you smoke and before you come near your child with Asthma. Don’t smoke in the car with or without your children present.

Commit to quitting for the sake of YOUR Asthma or YOUR CHILD’s –
Smoking cessation resources:
CT Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW
TTY: 1-877-777-6534.
www.quitnow.net/connecticut
Or check out these free apps: NCI QuitPal, QuitGuide, QuitStart.

Do you get your flu shot every year?

The flu is especially dangerous for people with Asthma.

Schedule YOUR flu shot and a flu shot for EVERYONE in your family with your healthcare provider every fall.

Have you familiarized yourself with the range of healthcare settings available to address Asthma after hours, BEFORE an Asthma emergency?

  • Your healthcare provider’s office.
  • Urgent care settings in the area; call 2-1-1 or check www.211.org.
  • Your AAP will help you to know when your symptoms warrant assistance from your PCP, urgent or emergency care, or 9-1-1.

Need additional health, housing or other resources?

Call 2-1-1 or check www.211.org for more information.

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