The University of Maryland Children's Hospital is the first pediatric hospital on the East Coast to receive a certificate of distinction from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for its treatment of children with asthma. The designation shows that the Children's Hospital's pediatric asthma program meets rigorous standards for excellent care.The Pediatric Asthma Program at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital is a unique multidisciplinary initiative that is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to pediatric asthma management in the inpatient, outpatient, and emergency department settings. The program is lead by a team of pediatric specialists and applies an evidence-based approach to the management of asthma.
Unique features of this program include the preferential use of Metered Dose Inhaler with Valved Holding Chambers to optimize treatment, minimize side effects, and reinforce proper technique. Additionally, the program places a strong emphasis on standardized patient education and promotes self-management with the use of asthma action plans.