Table 1.

Key Features of the Clinical Pathway

Nurse-driven protocol for weaning bronchodilators
Peak flow measurement (for children over age 5 y) every 4 h, before and after nebulization
Asthma teaching essentials, including spacer and peak flow meter training, beginning the day of admission
Prescriptions for home therapies given to family before discharge
Early contact between attending physician and private medical doctor to establish plan for asthma management and improve coordination of care