The University of Maryland Children's Hospital's Pediatric Asthma Steering Committee recently docked at Port Discovery Children's Museum to raise awareness about healthy lungs and asthma.
Children's Hospital staff who participated in the museum's recent "Healthy First Saturday" monthly program used an anatomical doll and storybook characters to teach children about the virtues of avoiding tobacco use and reducing their exposure to smoke. The visiting staff included Wendy Riggin, BS, RRT, core pediatric respiratory therapist and member of the Pediatric Asthma Steering Committee, Keyvan Rafei, M.D., M.B.A., head of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Michelle Foster, RN, CCM, AE-C, a nurse in the department of Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy and the coordinator of the Breathmobile, a Hospital for Children asthma-and-allergy clinic on wheels that provides care regularly at more than two dozen schools.
The Pediatric Asthma Steering Committee is a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and educators. The Pediatric Asthma Program at the Children's Hospital is a Joint Commission Center of Excellence that provides comprehensive asthma management education and tools.