(Belleville, IL) - In the United States alone, an average of 1 out of every 10 school-aged children have asthma. In addition, asthma can cause numerous hospital emergency department visits and school absenteeism for children.
In response to the statistics and in an effort to raise public awareness of the risks faced by an estimated 25 million Americans living with asthma, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon is holding a community education presentation on Pediatric Asthma on Thursday, October 26 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Millennium Room of the hospital, 340 West Lincoln Street, Belleville.
Asthma can cause wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage asthma to reduce and prevent asthma attacks, also called episodes. In the United States, more children than adults had an attack.
“While the statistics are alarming, the good news is that with education and awareness, parents can learn what triggers an asthma attack in their child and further understand how it can be controlled,” said Tim Swain, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager of Emergency and Urgent Care at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
During the presentation, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon physician Tim Staed, MD and respiratory therapist Rebecca Trout, RRT will discuss the symptoms, environmental factors, and treatment options for children with asthma. Additionally, parents can hear first hand from a St. Elizabeth’s Emergency Department nurse on how her family manages her child’s asthma.
In July 2016, St. Elizabeth’s announced a partnership with SSM Cardinal Glennon to bring emergency pediatric physicians to the southwestern Illinois region. Physicians are on site at the hospital 24/7 to see pediatric patients in the Emergency Department and babies in the Newborn Nursery.
For more information on the Pediatric Asthma presentation, contact Tim Swain at 618-234-2120, ext. 1387.