The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

ASSESSING CHILDCARE WORKERS KNOWLEDGE OF ASTHMA

Kasel, Debra K., M.Ed., RRT Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

One hundred twenty-six state licensed child daycare centers who care for infant to school aged children in seven Northern Kentucky counties were surveyed to answer the following question: do you accept children with a known history of asthma? Fifty-four daycare centers responded to the survey, for a respond rate of 43%. The survey questionnaire included demographic information, seventeen true/false questions, and fourteen yes/no questions regarding the daycare worker's experience with asthma. All of the responding daycare centers accept children with a history of asthma. Twenty percent of the respondents acknowledged that they had been involved in the care of child in an asthma attack while at daycare on more than one occasion in the last six months. One third of the respondents were unfamiliar with peak flow meters and spacers while 64% were unsure how to recognize the severity of an asthma attack. Fifty-nine percent of the respondents said they did not know enough about asthma to ensure the safety of the child during an asthma attack. An asthma workshop was held to provide daycare workers information on asthma and asthma treatment. Workshop participants were given a pre/post test. The average pre-test score was 18/36 and average post-test score was 31/36. In conclusion, these results verify there is a lack of asthma education among the daycare workers surveyed and that after an education program on asthma participants were able to increase their knowledge on how to provide better care for asthmatic children in their daycare centers.

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