Asthma & COPD
8am to 3pm Monday, Wednesday • 8am to 2pm Friday
Our accredited nurse educator will help you:
- control your lung condition
- get the best results with the least medication
- develop self-management skills
- be an informed decision maker in managing your lung condition
You will receive individualised care, with an initial 60- to 90-minute assessment. Follow-up visits are 20 minutes. No referral is necessary and basic insurance covers the cost. Please bring all medications you are currently taking and all devices you are currently using to your appointment.
What is asthma?
Asthma is inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes through which air travels in and out of the lungs. This can lead to wheezing, tightness in the chest, trouble breathing, shortness of breath and other symptoms.
If you have asthma, the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs (your airways) are over sensitive. Triggers (e.g. infection, dust, pollen) can irritate your airways, which become narrower, making it harder to breathe.
While the cause is not known, current research suggests a combination of environment, genetics and biology may lead to asthma. Each year, approximately 2,000 people are treated in the KEMH Emergency Department with breathing difficulties related to asthma.
It is apparent that many of these cases could be avoided with proper preventive treatment. That’s why our focus at the DREAM Centre is to teach self-management skills to people who have been diagnosed with asthma to help them maintain control using the least amount of medication. Among other things, we will provide a peak flow meter and a “spacer” to increase the effective delivery of medication.
Is your asthma well controlled?
- Do you use your “reliever” blue inhaler more than twice a week?
- Do you have asthma symptoms more than twice a week: coughing, wheezing or tight chest?
- Do you ever wake at night or have to restrict your activities due to asthma?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you need asthma education.
Learn more about asthma education: Asthma Education Centre Brochure
Emergency Asthma Treatment: Nebuliser or an inhaler and spacer?
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What is COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that is sometimes called emphysema or chronic bronchitis. COPD progressively obstructs and slows the flow of air in and out of the lungs, making it harder to breathe. It is life threatening because of permanent damage to the lungs, usually but not always from smoking.
We provide support and education for clients who have been diagnosed with COPD. Self-management skill are taught and action care plans given. Smokers are helped to quit.
Learn more about COPD: COPD Reference Guide