Asthma-related emergency room visits are common for children across
the United States and especially in the Washington, DC, area where the
prevalence of children with asthma is significant.
Children’s National Medical Center established the Asthma Clinic as a
resource for patients and families who have experienced an asthma
emergency. Our goal is to help children and their parents learn how to
manage the condition so kids can stay active and healthy — helping kids
Services for Patients and Families
We evaluate and treat patients with complicated asthma, whose asthma
is not well-controlled, and patients with related conditions, such as
allergies, reflux, and scoliosis. Patients are referred to the Asthma
Clinic by pediatricians at the hospital, community emergency department
providers, and other pediatric specialists.
Learn more about asthma and asthma management with Children’s related online materials for parents and patients:
Care in the Asthma Clinic includes complete diagnostic pulmonary laboratory testing for every patient.
Pulmonary nurses and respiratory therapists teach you and your child
about the condition, daily asthma management, and what to do in an
emergency including how to use rescue and maintenance medications such
as inhalers. Ultimately, improved asthma management can help minimize
the chance of an emergency department visit for an acute attack.