New Asthma Action Plan Available for EMR
The Maine CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program has two new Asthma Action Plans available on its website – a pediatric and an adult plan. These Plans were developed as a collaborative effort by clinical staff (primary and specialty care) at MaineHealth, and incorporates feedback from the Maine Asthma Coalition, the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Maine Association of School Nurses. The versions available on the Maine CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program’s website are unbranded.
The Plans comply with Meaningful Use reporting requirements and Maine’s statute “An Act To Authorize Certain School Children To Carry Emergency Medication On Their Persons.” School nurses in Maine utilize Asthma Action Plans as an important tool to help their students with asthma. A uniform Asthma Action Plan will improve ease of use for providers, parents and school nurses.
The Plan is available as a .pdf document on the Maine CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program website, and can be downloaded and scanned or imported into the EMR, or printed for use by practices not using an EMR.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute recommends a written Asthma Action Plan as one of the most effective methods to help patients manage their disease. Utilizing one form across practices and hospitals in Maine to treat people with asthma will improve coordination and quality of care.
The Maine CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program continues to provide NCR (carbonless copy) paper copies of the Maine Asthma Coalition’s pediatric Asthma Action Plan. Contact Desi-Rae Severson at 287-3041, or via e-mail at Desirae.Severson@maine.gov to order copies. Click here for all Maine CDC Asthma Prevention and Control Program’s Asthma Action Plans.