Team-Tested Practices
Shantia Moss (mother) with Lena Alexandra Gillett (child) and Southwood Pediatrics Lead MD/Co-Lead Reneathia P. Baker.

The pediatrics team at Southwood Medical Center in Atlanta got proactive with their pediatrics asthma patients to help prevent flare-ups. Pictured left to right are Shantia Moss (mother) with Lena Alexandra Gillett (child) and Southwood Pediatrics Lead MD/Co-Lead Reneathia P. Baker.

Asthma: Look for It, Don’t Wait for It

An asthma flare-up can be traumatic and end in the ER. But it’s entirely avoidable, so the pediatrics team at Southwood Medical Center in Georgia got proactive. They identified the patients who were persistently asthmatic instead of just following up on those who had been hospitalized. They also taught parents and patients about the best way to avoid flare-ups, and how to use medication. Identifying asthmatics went from five percent to 79 percent in less than a year, and compliance with medication improved to nearly 100 percent.

What Got Results

  • Identifying persistent asthmatics, instead of waiting to follow up on ER visits
  • Discussing with patients and parents how to avoid flare-ups
  • Educating about the proper use of their medication to control the disease
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