Study shows obese, asthmatic patients benefit from CHOC Breathmobile

Obese children who regularly participate in CHOC Children’s mobile asthma program could realize good control of their asthma, a retrospective study of more than 1,200 patients reveals.

Study findings showed no difference in the time it took for morbidly obese children and children with normal weights to reach asthma control – so long as they didn’t exceed 90 days between Breathmobile visits.

Dr. Stanley Galant, CHOC allergist/immunologist and Breathmobile medical director, presented these findings at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) recent annual meeting. This work, “Can asthma be well controlled with NAEPP guideline care in morbidly obese children? The Breathmobile,” was also published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

The study examined 1,204 children ages 3 to 18 who were diagnosed by a physician with asthma between 2003 and 2012. Of the patients, more than half were considered overweight, obese or morbidly obese.

Dr. Stanley Galant, CHOC allergist/immunologist and Breathmobile medical director

About 80 percent of Breathmobile patients achieved well-controlled asthma by their third visit. Additionally, participants across all body mass index (BMI) categories saw at least a 60 percent reduction in the likelihood of emergency department visits, hospitalizations, school absences and exercise limitations, even without a change in their BMIs.

CHOC’s Breathmobile is the only mobile asthma clinic dedicated to serving preschool and school-aged children in Orange County. An important community service, it removes barriers for children and their families who may be unable to travel or pay for preventive asthma care.

The Breathmobile’s two 36-foot RV-style clinics travel to 22 schools and community sites providing asthma care, diagnosis and education. Each location is visited every four to six weeks, providing children with comprehensive follow-up care from a familiar team until their asthma is controlled.

In his presentation, Dr. Galant attributed the Breathmobile’s success to cultural compatibility; patient access to community-based specialty care; adequate education for self-management; and most important, continuity of care, particularly for patients considered morbidly obese.

 

Dr. Stanley Galant Recognized by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology

Dr. Stanley Galant, medical director of the CHOC Children’s Breathmobile has been recognized by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) with the 2019 AAAAI Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award. This award is being presented to Dr. Galant for his outstanding contributions and diligent work in helping to advance knowledge in and treatment of allergic disease; specifically, in recognition of service to the University of California Irvine allergy/immunology training program as a teacher and mentor.

CHOC’s Breathmobile, the only mobile asthma clinic dedicated to serving preschool and school-aged children in Orange County, removes barriers for children and their families who may be unable to travel or pay for preventive asthma care.

Among Dr. Galant’s achievements, in 2017, he received the Robert M. Zweig, M.D., Memorial Award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for his longtime work to help children with asthma in the community.

Dr. Galant will be recognized at an awards luncheon held at the 2019 AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Francisco on February 23.

CHOC allergist recognized for service to children with asthma

A CHOC Children’s allergist has been honored for his longtime work to help children with asthma in the community.

Recognizing his achievements in air quality and medicine, Dr. Stanley Galant, medical director of CHOC’s Breathmobile, received the Robert M. Zweig, M.D., Memorial Award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

The accolade is part of the agency’s 29th annual Clean Air Awards, which recognize people, businesses and public agencies that make significant contributions to cleaner air in Southern California.

CHOC’s Breathmobile is the only mobile asthma clinic dedicated to serving preschool and school-aged children in Orange County. An important community service, it removes barriers for children and their families who may be unable to travel or pay for preventive asthma care.

The Breathmobile’s two 36-foot RV-style clinics travel to 22 schools and community sites providing asthma care, diagnosis andeducation. Each location is visited every four to six weeks, providing children with comprehensive follow-up care from a familiar team until their asthma is controlled.

SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.