Council promotes 'Asthma Control 333'
By Chi-hao James Lo, The China Post
December 22, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The chill brought by fall and winter along with air pollution are major triggers of common respiratory diseases as well as asthma attacks in Taiwan, according to Dr. Yeh Kuo-wei (葉國偉), secretary-general of the Taiwan Asthma Council (TAC), who said that most Taiwanese make two major mistakes in regulating their asthma symptoms.
Most assume that temporary improvements in visible symptoms mean control over their attacks. Yet in reality, asthma attacks are merely suppressed, with many patients overlooking the severity of their long-term conditions. This is also the cause of a second mistake, whereby such an assumption causes a patient to overstock on medication, causing pollution to the environment through misguided disposal of expired inhalers and medicines.
To improve the situation, the TAC created the “Asthma Control 333” program to help educate asthma patients as well as the general public on the proper ways to establish an asthma care regime. The plan consists of proper diagnosis and management of symptoms, the enhancement of lung function and the regulation of continuous medication. Each stage mandates an observation period of three months before a patient is allowed to move onto the next stage, with details of the plan to be designed according to each patient's individual requirements. The program also seeks to teach asthma patients how to properly dispose of their inhalers by mailing the devices to a designated recycling facility.