TO coincide with the 21st annual World Asthma Day, Portlaoise hospital hosted an information day.
This year’s theme was STOP for Asthma. This theme embodies the cycle of care that is required to manage asthma effectively and is supported by the Global Institute for Asthma to safely manage asthma appropriately in the community.
Consultant paediatrician at the hospital, Dr Muhammad Tariq, said: “The role of the respiratory services in Portlaoise hospital is to manage the poorly controlled population that have asthma and enable them to live well, unburdened by their asthma and related illnesses.
“The facilities offered to the patients attending the services are spirometry with reversibility, fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FENO) and skin prick allergy testing, to mention but a few. These diagnostic tests are globally recognised as being the biomarkers for diagnosing asthma to help identify the correct population and treat them successfully.”
Advanced nurse practitioner in paediatric respiratory Lisa Egan said: “Our aim in Portlaoise hospital as a secondary health care provider is to enable patients with asthma to lead healthy, active lives through supportive care both with our primary and tertiary healthcare professional colleagues.
‘‘The key to effectively managing the population with asthma is to ensure the basics of asthma care are addressed at each patient contact. Each consultation consists of assessment of inhaler technique, revisiting personalised asthma action plans and documentation of known triggers to enable avoidance where necessary.”
Hospital manager Michael Knowles said: “We are delighted to host this asthma awareness event for the third year running. This important event enables us to engage with our hospital community on this serious health condition. We are very grateful to the Asthma Society of Ireland for supporting this initiative and Dr Tariq and his team for their work in providing high-quality service to patients in treatment and health promotion for the wider community.”