Allergy & Asthma
At Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital, we take a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to treating asthma and allergies and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. We understand how debilitating breathing problems can be and how allergies can affect your everyday life. Our team of specialists uses the latest research and testing to diagnose your condition, identify your triggers, manage your symptoms and uncover the cause(s) of your allergy or asthma.
Indiana University Health Asthma Services is the premier facility for the treatment of asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). We also treat allergic reactions, environmental allergies, food allergies and many other breathing-related conditions.
As educators, we look forward to increasing awareness of COPD and asthma. Together, with physicians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals, we provide compassionate care and support to our community with proper disease education and management needed to improve each patient’s quality of life.
We know that living with the symptoms of asthma can range from being mildly annoying to potentially life threatening. From prevention to the latest in treatment options, our goal is to help you breathe easier season after season.
When working with patients in our asthma management program, we set and work toward several goals:
- Minimal or no chronic symptoms, day or night
- Minimal or no exacerbations (reduction in emergency department visits and hospital inpatient days)
- No limitations on activities; no missed school or work due to asthma
- Maintenance of normal or near-normal pulmonary functions
- Minimal use of short-acting inhaled beta-agonists
- Minimal or no adverse effects from medications
- Good self-care and asthma management by the patient/family
When working with patients who have COPD, we develop a goals-oriented approach to managing the condition:
- Prevent disease progression
- Relieve symptoms
- Improve exercise tolerance
- Improve health status
- Reduce emergency department visits and hospital inpatient days
- Cessation of cigarette smoking
IU Health Asthma Services is open on Wednesdays from 8:30 am – 5 pm. Any physician, including emergency department physicians, may refer patients. Once the order and the referral have been received, our staff will contact the patient to schedule an appointment. If the patient comes from a medical office at IU Health Bedford Hospital, the appointment can be made by the medical office staff. emergency department referrals will have orders sent to the Respiratory Department and asthma education will contact the patient and schedule the appointment.