Locals breathe easier after St. Mary’s expands asthma education….From The Record
More people like Rachel will get help with the expansion of the Priisme program into three local health centres and long-term care and retirement homes across the Waterloo-Wellington region.
The program began in 2005 in partnership with drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline to help asthma patients at local doctor’s offices, family health teams and the University of Waterloo’s campus clinic. Two years later, it grew to include patients with COPD, an irreversible and disabling lung disease.
More than 1,000 patients have been helped at those sites by respiratory educators from St. Mary’s, which has a dedicated respiratory program with in- and outpatient care, and since then the hospital has seen a drop in emergency room visits and admissions for asthma and steady numbers for COPD despite the rising prevalence.
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