Healthy Kids Express Asthma Starts a New Year
What: St. Louis Children’s Hospital Healthy Kids Express Asthma Program Kickoff
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Millennium Student Center
Background: Asthma remains the leading cause of emergency department visits to St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the number one reason for missed school days in the city of St. Louis. The St. Louis Children’s Hospital Healthy Kids Express in-school asthma program serves 13 schools in the St. Louis area, and aims to educate families on the best ways to manage this chronic condition.
The event will include fun and games for families, but also visual demonstrations of many types of asthma equipment, one-on-one consultations with nurse practitioners on recognizing, treating and controlling asthma symptoms, as well as information about insurance eligibility and enrollment.
Asthma Management Program Statistics for the 2011-2012 School Year
- St. Louis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNP) conducted asthma screenings on 578 children.
- 244 children and 147 staff members received free flu shots as part of the program.
- Asthma team conducted 1,742 medication technique tutorials.
- 443 children received asthma education in a small group setting.
St. Louis Children's Hospital has provided specialized care for children for more than 130 years. Both US News & World Report and Parents magazine rank St. Louis Children’s among the Top 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation. In 2010 the hospital received the Magnet re-designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. St. Louis Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine, one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation. The hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare. For more information, visit StLouisChildrens.org, or find us on Facebook and @STLChildrens on Twitter.