Primary Care Providers Not Recording Peak Flows
As a certified school nurse in NJ, we too utilize an AAP/ATP similiar to what was just shown.... it is extremely frustrating when PCP's do not fill them out on behalf of their asthma patients, but when they do and are submitted to our school (as per our district and health office protocols) they never have PEAK Flows recorded. I am at a loss as to why these forms are being filled out by their PCP's, but are leaving off the most important element that can be so easily utilized by a School Nurse during a student's asthma attack, guiding our assessment in a much better light in order to provide the best intervention without lost of crucial time - why does this seem to be so consistent among PCP's? Is there any way that during National MD conferences this one point can be addressed and emphasized in order for school nurses to provide the best care possible, along with addressing better patient / family asthma education within those primary health offices as well?
As a follow up to my question above, many families or students within my high school setting will tell me that "they've outgrown it", or "I don't need my inhaler anymore.... I haven't been to the doctor's in years for it" - follow up by those PCP offices to the home is also crucial in regards to these misbeliefs.