Asthma is the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood. Asthma research at CHEO address all aspects, from the basic science to providing the most up-to-date therapy in the most efficient way in the emergency department, to innovative care for children admitted to the in-patient wards and ways to best communicate discharge instructions in order to prevent future attacks.
Researchers in the emergency department (ED) are studying the science of why some children respond differently to oral steroids used to treat a severe asthma attack. Researchers are looking at virus exposure, genetic, lung inflammation, and exposure to second-hand smoke as possible explanations.
CHEO emergency department researchers have shown that nurse-initiated steroids for more severe asthma attacks lead to better efficiency, with resulting shorter ED stays and fewer admissions.
Patients admitted to the in-patient units with asthma are being managed using an innovative scoring system, which is being evaluated for efficiency.
CHEO has won provincial and national awards for developing a novel discharge plan that combines discharge instructions with prescription information.