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J Sch Nurs. 2002 Oct;18(5):257-69.

Asthma management, Part II: Pharmacologic management.

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  • 1Gannon University, Villa Maria School of Nursing, Erie, PA, USA.


Part I of this two-part series described the pathophysiology, types, and risk factors associated with asthma. The role of the school nurse in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive asthma management plan was outlined, as was the role of the school nurse in controlling factors that precipitate asthma symptoms or exacerbations. Part II reviews specific school nursing responsibilities associated with current pharmacologic therapy for the child with asthma. Issues related to nutritional supplements as well as complementary and alternative treatments used in asthma management are covered. Other topics discussed include issues related to access of asthma medication in the school setting by the student, involvement of the school team in the care of the child with asthma, and health education strategies for children with asthma and their families.

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