Thunderstorm asthma tools
THE National Asthma Council of Australia has released a handy flowchart for pharmacists as a tool to identify and advise at-risk patients on thunderstorm asthma.
The flowchart is one of a suite of supportive resources for health professionals in preparation for the upcoming grass pollen season.
The new resources include an information paper on the causes, prevention and treatment of thunderstorm asthma, an updated information paper on managing allergic rhinitis in people with asthma, and a handy flowchart for pharmacists to identify and advise at-risk patients.
National Asthma Council Australia spokesperson and pharmacist Dr Jenny Gowan said the thunderstorm event last year was a timely reminder for pharmacists and pharmacy staff to refresh their knowledge on evidence-based best practice of asthma and allergic rhinitis.
Free workshops, a webinar series and online learning modules are also being made available at nationalasthma.org.au.