Crozer-Keystone Asthma and Allergy Services
Crozer-Keystone’s Asthma Services assist children and their families in the diagnosis, treatment and management of asthma.
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Nationwide Asthma Screening Program
Board-certified allergist, Sandra M. Gawchik, D.O. will offer a free screening program on Tuesday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
in the main lobby at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The program is one of more than 200 locations across the country. Read more.
The Kids Asthma Management Program (K.A.M.P.) targets children at risk for asthma throughout Delaware County. K.A.M.P. services were designed to incorporate the key interventions identified by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), helping Chester-Upland children with asthma face their challenges at home and at school. Read more about K.A.M.P.
For more information about the Kids Asthma Management Program, contact us at 610-447-6030.
The program enhances children’s safety (as well as parent and school personnel peace of mind) by providing spacers, peak flow meters, Asthma Action Plan Forms and other tools for effective asthma management during Open Airways education sessions along with instructions in their use. Environmental awareness sessions help identify potential asthma triggers in the school environment along with strategies to eliminate or reduce exposure to these hazards.
K.A.M.P. focuses on the following quality issues and goals:
- Reducing time children lose from school (or parents from work) due to asthma
- Reducing unscheduled primary care visits, emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations due to asthma exacerbations
- Improved health and asthma education resulting in increased sense of control over asthma
- Improved quality of life as evidenced by the absence of side effects from medications, the absence of nocturnal symptoms (i.e., coughing and/or wheezing), and the elimination of limitations on activity
- Ensuring normal (or nearly so) pulmonary function
Asthma Day Camp: June 24 - 28, 2013
Asthma Day Camp is a sports day program designed for asthmatic children ages 7 to 12 and held each summer at the Healthplex® Sports Club. The program combines fitness, conditioning, and sports with daily asthma education.
Learn more about Asthma Day Camp, to be held June 24 - 28, 2013.
- Weight Training
- Moon Bounce
- Flick and Float
- Sports Performance
This program is ideal for children who have difficulty controlling their asthma, who may frequent the emergency room, who tend to avoid taking medication, and/or have exercise-induced asthma. The program focuses on skills to help children have better control of their asthma while learning how to stay fit and improve their overall conditioning.
About the Healthplex® Sports Club
The Healthplex® Sports Club is located in Springfield, Delaware County just minutes from the Blue Route. The club offers 10 indoor tennis courts, 3 championship basketball courts, 2 pools, fitness equipment, 1/5 mile running track, squash, racquetball and a café.
For additional information on the Healthplex® Asthma Day Camp, contact Tonya Merrill, Healthplex® Wellness Coordinator at 610-328-8874.
Kenneth Briskin, M.D. Featured Doctor on CBS3 Talk Philly
Kenneth Briskin, M.D., ear, nose and throat specialist from Crozer-Keystone Health System, discusses how to cope with allergy symptoms with Pat Ciarrocchi on CBS3 Talk Philly. View the video.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is asthma a major health concern?
Asthma is the most serious common chronic disease of childhood, affecting more than six million American children, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Asthma is a leading cause of school absenteeism, accounting for more than 14 million missed days each year. It’s the third-ranking cause of hospitalization and the fourth most common cause of urgent primary care office visits.
Who suffers from asthma?
Asthma disproportionately affects low-income populations, minorities, and children who live in urban areas, all of whom experience greater morbidity and mortality due to asthma. Hospitalization rates for African-American children are three times those for Caucasian children, and deaths among African-American children are four times those of Caucasian children.