Short and Long-Term Effects of Air Pollution...

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Short and Long-Term Effects of Air Pollution...

Postby Wilberforce » Wed May 02, 2012 9:04 pm

Short and Long-Term Effects of Air Pollution
Increases Hospitalizations in Lung Disease

By Deborah Leader, RN, Guide
May 2, 2012

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A New England study suggests that both short and long-term exposure to particle pollution, also known as particulate matter (PM), can lead to increased risk of hospitalizations, especially for those 65 years and older with COPD or other respiratory illnesses, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

How does air pollution impact hospital admissions for those with lung disease? The study determined that, for every 10-µg/m3 increase in short term exposure to particle pollution, there is a 0.70 percent increase in hospital admissions. At the same time, for every 10-µg/m3 increase in long term exposure, there is a 4.22 percent increase in hospitalizations. Particle pollution is also linked to reduced lung function, pulmonary inflammation and oxidative stress, each of which can have a profound effect on your health.

How can you reduce your exposure to air pollution? Here are just a few suggestions:

Pay close attention to weather alerts and stay indoors when air quality is poor.
Use a particle mask to filter the air your breathe when time outdoors is unavoidable. Compare prices of air filtration masks.
Reduce or eliminate exposure to fireplaces or wood-burning stoves.
Take steps to improve your indoor air quality.
Avoid using gas-powered lawn or gardening equipment.
Avoid exposure to burning trash, leaves or anything else.
Plan your day so you take fewer trips in your car.

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Asheville's Mission recognized for asthma treatment
9:48 PM, May. 1, 2012 |

ASHEVILLE — An asthma program run by Mission Children’s Hospital was awarded a top national honor from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mission Health’s Regional Asthma Disease Management Program was presented Tuesday with the EPA’s 2012 National Environmental Leadership Award, making it the only winner in the healthcare provider category and the first winner of this award from the Southeast.

Each year, the EPA honors one exceptional health plan, healthcare provider and community in action, and Mission’s program is the winner in the healthcare provider category. Past winners include Children’s Hospital Boston, Children’s Mercy Hospitals, Seton Asthma Center and University of Michigan Health System.

Award winners are recognized for demonstrating that comprehensive asthma care with a strong environmental component can dramatically improve health outcomes for people with asthma.

“It has been very humbling and just such an honor to be chosen for such a prestigious honor,” said Melinda Shuler, administrator and regional clinical coordinator for the asthma program. “We have an incredibly dedicated staff and so many area partners that have worked hard with us to make this program a success.”

“Area pediatricians, family physicians and asthma specialists collaborate with our asthma team, who work very hard to the benefit of the many asthmatic children involved,” said Dr. Don Russell, supervising physician of Mission’s asthma program.

“Much credit also goes to the schools that allowed our staff access to the children in the school setting.”

Shuler said the program was designed to to reach underserved children and their families, especially in rural areas, aligning the program with that population’s healthcare habits and asthma care needs.

“We knew we needed to confront the problem where it lives, taking the clinical approach to asthma management and control into nonclinical settings like homes, schools and other care facilities in outlying areas,” she said.

Factors including everything from tobacco smoke and wood burning fire-places to pollutants coming from the Tennessee Valley area contribute to special asthma challenges in WNC.

“Western North Carolina has the environmental perfect-storm for pediatric asthma and the factors that exacerbate it,” said Dr. Susan Mims, executive medical director of Mission Children’s Hospital.

“More people in North Carolina are diagnosed with asthma than in other parts of the U.S. Because of this, Mission developed an innovative program to tackle this need.”

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• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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