3rd May 2019 Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world
To mark the 21st annual World Asthma Day, the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise (MRHP) hosted a free information day for public and staff to improve asthma awareness and care.
The well attended event lead with this year’s theme for World Asthma Day: ‘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. To view a video created by MRHP for World Asthma Day, including Irish statistics on asthma and services provided at MRHP, see below:
Dr. Muhammad Tariq, Consultant Paediatrician, MRHP commented: “The role of the Respiratory Services in MRHP 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 in Portlaoise 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.”
Lisa Egan, candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Paediatric Respiratory, MRHP stated: “Our aim in MRHP 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.”
Michael Knowles, Hospital Manager, MRHP: “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.” Stephen Patten, Services & Development for Asthma Society of Ireland attended the event also and expressed the Asthma Society of Ireland’s support to Portlaoise Hospital in their efforts to raise asthma awareness for World Asthma Day.
Assessment of treatment response is addressed at each visit and using an asthma focused assessment along with the diagnostic tools available in MRHP, treatment can be increased or decreased depending on the patients wellbeing as outlined by GINA to evaluate asthma symptoms, test the patients response to treatment, assess and adjust accordingly.
According to the World Health Organisation, 235 million people suffer from asthma. Asthma is defined as wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to control asthma and manage asthma symptoms at home with a personalised asthma action plan.
Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world. More than 1 person a week dies from asthma, with approximately 29% of patients with asthma missing school or work because of poorly controlled asthma.
There are approximately 5,000 asthma admissions each year in hospitals and more than 20,000 presentations annually to Emergency Departments across Ireland relating to Asthma. The Asthma Society of Ireland encourage individuals diagnosed with Asthma or experiencing signs or symptoms relating to Asthma to contact their Asthma Advice line 1800 44 54 64.
The Asthma Society of Ireland has a wealth or resources available online at
www.asthma.ie to help patients review their asthma care and access resources to assist in asthma management at home.
Further information about GINA and World Asthma Day can be found at GINA’s website:
www.ginasthma.org or World Health Organization from http://www.who.int/respiratory/asthma/en/ Photo caption: Pictured left to right at Portlaoise Hospital event to mark World Asthma Day: Anne-Marie O’ Shea, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Respiratory, MRHP; Stephen Patten, Services & Development for Asthma Society of Ireland; Kathleen Bennett, Secretary, MRHP; Veronica Taylor, Senior Physiotherapist, MRHP; Michael Knowles, Hospital Manager, MRHP; Dr. Muhammad Tariq, Consultant Paediatrician, MRHP; and Lisa Egan, candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Paediatric Respiratory, MRHP