Asthma Clinical Trial

Participants Wanted

Children ages 12-17, who have well-controlled asthma, are wanted in a clinical trial to study the effectiveness of mobile devices in an effort to determine the lowest dosage of medication needed to maintain control.

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Asthma

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Asthma in children is the number one reason for school absences and hospital emergency department visits. At Nemours, we treat nearly 30,000 children with asthma each year. Our teams of pediatric specialists can make an initial diagnosis of asthma and provide the care children need to successfully manage their symptoms.

 
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Asthma is generally a chronic (long-term) disease that makes breathing difficult when parts of a child’s airway become swollen and inflamed, and may be clogged with thick mucus.

Diagnosing Asthma in Children

Making an initial diagnosis of asthma in children includes obtaining a complete medical and family history, and performing a comprehensive physical examination. Testing is individualized and may include a chest X-ray and pulmonary function testing to see how well the lungs are working, and allergy testing.

After the diagnosis is made, good childhood asthma care requires continuous effort at home and in school. We spend lots of time with children and families one-on-one and in groups to teach them about the disease and how to use their medications. Our primary goal is to minimize the symptoms of asthma and help children and families to reduce the number of times they’ll need to go to the hospital for emergency care.

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando


13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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Clinic Location: 4th Floor

For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
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Children with asthma require expert, ongoing care, especially in Central Florida where asthma rates are higher than the national average. At Nemours Children’s Hospital, our Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART) helps kids with asthma get the diagnosis they need to start treatment — and to advance the science of asthma care so that children everywhere can have better management strategies and happier outcomes.

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Our Team Approach to Asthma

With a complex disease like asthma, testing and care are always improving.

At Nemours, a coordinated team of pediatric specialists from the Division of Allergy & Immunology and the Division of Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine is actively involved in studies to improve best practices and find new treatment options.

 
Family-Centered Medicine

Our pediatric allergists and pulmonologists are more than just experts — they were selected for their dedication to family-centered medicine, which makes patients and their families key members of the care team.

Other team members and services include:
  • an experienced nurse practitioner
  • respiratory therapists
  • certified asthma educators
  • KidsTRACK educational services for families
  • a discharge process that brings all members of the care team together to focus on family education and seamless follow-up with primary care and specialty providers

For your convenience, some of the very same specialists also extend their care to patients at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations in downtown Orlando, Lake Mary and Melbourne.

 
The Best Care From Hospital to Home

Whether your child’s asthma symptoms are chronic and severe or mild and infrequent, we’re here to help. Through our Nemours Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART), we provide truly comprehensive services for children and teens with asthma. We also connect with primary care providers throughout the area to offer complete and seamless asthma care backed by the latest research.

Each Nemours provider, and any additional physician your child sees, is linked by an award-winning electronic health record system that eliminates the need for repetitive testing and unnecessary doctor visits — and helps expedite the right care in an emergency.

You can also view parts of your child's health records, communicate with your Nemours care team, make appointments, request prescription refills and more through our MyNemours online patient portal.

We also take a proactive role in teaching patients and their families about asthma and related respiratory diseases. For example, we offer certified asthma educators through KidsTRACK at NCH. A KidsTRACK care coordinator is available during your child’s diagnosis and treatment, offering expert help and information as you transition from the hospital to home. The coordinator works with nurse and case managers, acting as a single point of contact between your family and medical or community resources.

 
Outpatient Services for Pediatric Asthma
Nemours Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations provide:
  • diagnostics and follow-up care with pediatric asthma specialists
  • consultations with a certified asthma educator at each visit
  • comprehensive lung function testing, including:
    • exercise challenge (assesses how the lungs work during periods of intense activity)
    • spirometry with bronchodilator challenge (measures airflow under conditions that narrow the airways, which are then reversed)
    • impulse oscillometry (measures airway resistance during breathing)
    • plethysmography (assesses lung capacity)
    • bronchoprovocation challenge with methacholine or mannitol (uses medications to provoke and measure asthma symptoms, which can then be reversed)
  • detailed, personalized asthma action plan to help control asthma symptoms and flare-ups
  • skin allergy testing
  • immunotherapy and flu shots for egg-allergic patients
  • omalizumab (Xolair®) program (injectable treatment for allergic asthma)
  • allergy shots
  • asthma clinical trials for eligible patients
  • coordinated follow-up care
  • Spanish-speaking physicians
 
Inpatient Services for Kids With Asthma
If your child needs to be admitted, your family can turn to Nemours Children’s Hospital for:
  • a kids-only Emergency Department and critical care
  • around-the-clock consultation services with pediatric specialists
  • bronchoscopy services
  • comprehensive pulmonary function testing
  • Spanish-speaking physicians
 
If Your Child Needs Emergency Care

Although we work with children and families to avoid asthma emergencies, they can and sometimes do occur. It’s comforting to know the Emergency Department at Nemours Children’s Hospital has the equipment and trained staff to treat your child for any type of asthma attack at any hour. Our emergency specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to recognize and treat the most severe symptoms of asthma in infants, children and teens.


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Coping and Support for Your Child and Family

Dealing with a chronic or complex medical condition is difficult for your child and family. But you don’t have to go it alone. Nemours Children’s Hospital provides an array of support services for your child and family.

For example, we offer:
  • patient and family education
  • social work and mental health counseling
  • Child Life services
  • creative therapy
  • support groups

We also have educational tools available to help you and your child gain a better understanding of the condition and how to manage it. Nemours’ KidsHealth and the GetWellNetwork have developed a 14-part series of 4- to 5-minute videos on asthma, covering topics from “What Is Asthma?” to “Asthma Triggers” to “Your Child’s Asthma Action Plan.”


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Leading Pediatric Asthma Research in the Real World

Our Nemours Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART) is the first pediatric program in Central Florida linked to the two largest asthma networks in the country — AsthmaNet and the American Lung Association. Through these networks and Nemours Children’s Health System, Florida-based Nemours physicians can interact with asthma experts across the country. Many of our patients are currently enrolled in research trials to test new medications and treatments.

Other programs affiliated with CART include the American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Center (ACRC) at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville/University of Florida Consortium in Jacksonville, Fla., the Nemours Network for Asthma Research, and the Nemours Center for Pharmacogenomics and Translational Research. Pharmacogenomics (a combination of pharmacology and genomics) simply means that part of our research is learning how genetic differences can affect responses to medications, which means we can better tailor care for each individual child.


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Advocates for Healthy Lungs and Healthy Communities in Central Florida

We’re dedicated to reducing the number of children with undiagnosed asthma, which is why we’re out in the communities we serve, building asthma awareness and sharing our expertise with neighboring hospitals and clinics so their pediatric patients can benefit from what we know.

Our Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART) works with local, state and national organizations to advocate for improved disease awareness, greater research funding, clean-air legislation and also to share expertise. We do this alongside the Florida Asthma Coalition and the American Lung Association of the Southeast.

We also partner with the American Lung Association of Central Florida to host an Asthma Educators Institute at NCH. This two-day course trains school nurses, respiratory therapists and other clinical health care professions in the best approaches for managing asthma and how to teach families about the disease.

To help bring additional awareness and vital information to the community, NCH partners with the Department of Health in Orange County to train child care providers at local Head Start day care centers. These centers earn “asthma-friendly” certification and, in the process, share important information about asthma with families.


A Hospital Designed by Families, for Families

At Nemours Children’s Hospital, family-centered care is at the heart of everything we do. In fact, families helped shape the unique amenities and convenient services that make our hospital like no other in the region.

 
If Your Child Needs to Stay Overnight in Our Hospital

You’ll feel right at home in one of our private patient rooms designed with input from families who know what it’s like to have a child in the hospital.

Our large, comfortable, single-patient rooms have sleeping accommodations for two parents, a private bathroom, wireless Internet access, connections for DVD players and game systems, and two flat-screen TVs.

Other in-room features include:
  • full floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light
  • refrigerator for family meals and snacks
  • wardrobe storage for personal items and a hotel-style safe
  • GetWellNetwork interactive television (uniquely based on your child’s age, medical condition and more) and allows your child to watch TV, surf the Web, check e-mail, play music and games, and learn about your Nemours health care team.

Our “hospital within a garden” setting features many places for you and your family to go for fresh air and relaxation, including a one-acre interactive sensory discovery garden or one of our rooftop gardens on the second and fourth floors.

We have many more comforts and amenities such as:
  • complimentary valet and parking
  • kid-friendly commons areas for siblings
  • café and coffee shop
  • nondenominational chapel
  • concierge services

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Advanced Pediatric Medical Imaging Services Available Onsite

If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area’s most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours
Children’s Hospital.

Our unique services include:
  • interventional radiology: Our team of experts uses image guidance to diagnose and treat diseases and tumors throughout the body. Certain conditions that previously required open surgery can now be treated by Nemours pediatric interventional radiologists. We are very fortunate to have the only dual-trained pediatric diagnostic and interventional radiologist in the state.
  • neuroradiological or cardiovascular imaging, and fetal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): Our subspecialty-trained pediatric radiologists see children with complex conditions who require this highly specialized imaging.
  • Central Florida’s only 256-slice Brilliance iCT Scanner: We are one of only a handful of children’s hospitals in the country to have this latest generation CAT (or CT) scanner that scans faster than most machines and produces excellent images in a much shorter time with much less radiation exposure for the child.

Our team of board-certified pediatric radiologists and pediatric radiologic technologists are experts in the safe medical imaging of children of every age, even newborns.

We have also pledged our commitment to the “Image Gently” campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.

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Family-Centered Care Means We're Here for You

At Nemours, we want to hear your concerns and share with you everything we can about your child's condition and treatment. If English is not your first language, we'll make sure you understand what to expect — in your language.

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With Your Family From Clinic or Hospital to Home: KidsTRACK

If your child has a complex or chronic condition we encourage you to take advantage of KidsTRACK, a unique service of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Located on the first floor of our hospital, KidsTRACK is designed to help families by providing expert assistance and information on all aspects of your child’s care, even before you leave our hospital or clinic.

A KidsTRACK care coordinator is available during every step of diagnosis, treatment and healing — helping your family make a smooth transition from Nemours Children's Hospital to home. Your coordinator works alongside the nursing/case managers in our subspecialty areas and acts as a single point of contact connecting you to medical and community resources.

Simply ask your physician for a referral to KidsTRACK
or call (407) 650-7715.

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