Planning Care for Students with Asthma
- Identify students with asthma
- Obtain proper forms for medications at school. Student may self-carry their inhaler if MT Authorization to Self-Carry Emergency Medication form is signed by medical provider.
- Develop an Emergency Action Plan or Asthma Action Plan for student.
- Consider developing Individualized Healthcare Plan
- Assess student’s ability to self-administer as indicated; teach proper technique if needed
- Assess student’s ability to identify triggers and their self-compliance with medical regimen
- Allow students easy access to inhalers and other equipment (i.e. spacers, peak-flow meter, nebulizers)
- Consider developing school wide protocol for handling asthma episodes.
- Educate staff, parents, and students about asthma
- Collaborate and advocate for students with asthma
- Research your schools air quality policies.
- Assess school for possible triggers (i.e. perfumes, air fresheners, cleaning agents, etc.)
- Communicate with administrator(s), coaches, and other staff re: outdoor air quality concersn.
MCA 20-5-420 allows students to carry and self-administer their rescue inhaler as long as there is a Medication Authorization Form on file.
Assessment Tools/Interventions :
Refer to respiratory protocols for guidelines in using the following:
- Peak Flow Meter
- Nebulizer Treatment
MT Sever Allergy and Medication Authorization Form.
Asthma Action Plan
Example teaching tool for inhaler use
See these websites for more resources including educational materials, grant funding, and referral sources regarding asthma.
MTDPHHS Asthma Friendly Schools
MT Asthma Home Visiting Program
MTDPHHS School Mini-Grant