PCD News Summary for May 25, 2017
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Perceptions of Harm to Children Exposed to Secondhand Aerosol from Electronic Vapor Products, Styles Survey, 2015
Over 45 percent of U.S. adults believe children’s exposure to secondhand aerosol from e-cigarette products causes no harm or little/some harm, and 1 in 3 don’t know if it causes harm. Current and former cigarette smokers and e-cigarette product users have greater odds than non-users of perceiving no harm toward children from secondhand e-cigarette aerosol exposure. Efforts are warranted to educate the public about the health risks of secondhand e-cigarette aerosol exposure, particularly for children.
Teaming Up for Asthma Control: EPR-3 Compliant School Program in Missouri Is Effective and Cost-Efficient
School nurses who provide asthma checkups and education can significantly improve student health outcomes and lower medical costs. Teaming Up for Asthma Control (TUAC) is a workforce development intervention to improve asthma control among children by increasing the competency of school nurses and delivering guideline-based education. A total of 54 school nurses and 178 students in Missouri participated in the TUAC evaluation from 2011 through 2014. Among school nurses who completed the online education, knowledge scores significantly increased. They effectively assessed asthma status, students’ outcomes improved, and health care costs declined. For TUAC students enrolled in Medicaid, there was an average 12-month health care cost savings of $1,431 per student compared with controls.
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