Design: All patients in our Allergy practice will receive a screening peak flow when first seen. Low peak flows will be followed up with formal pulmonary functions.
Main Findings: All patients on every visit were screened with a peak flow. The patients with a low peak flow were further screened with formal pulmonary functions. A number of new asthma and COPD patients were identified.
Impact on Practice: Once a new asthma or COPD patient was identified they were educated on their disease and taught how to self administer bronchodilators and inhaled steroids correctly.
Submitted by Lionel Bonini M.D. from Watson Clinic Lakeland Florida