Asthma is a chronic condition that affects millions of Canadians. In fact, roughly 500 people from across our nation die from the disease each year.
In order to help asthma sufferers maintain their quality of life, RNAO released two best practice guidelines (BPG): Promoting Asthma Control in Children and Adult Asthma Care Guidelines for Nurses: Promoting Control of Asthma. Both documents arm nurses with information to provide to patients that will help them control their asthma.
Health-care facilities in Cambridge, Hamilton and Niagara have implemented one or both of these BPGs.
Helping Ontarians breathe easier has always been a key objective of RNAO’s advocacy work.
In addition to publishing its clinical BPG, the association has also staunchly opposed the province's highly polluting coal-fired power plants, calling for their immediate closure. The plants belch toxins into the air, such as mercury and lead, which can cause unfavourable health outcomes such as asthma attacks.
RNAO has cited the following statistics to back up its claim: according to the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, pollution from generating electricity using dirty coal caused over 300 deaths in Ontario in 2010, 440 hospital admissions, 522 emergency room visits and 158,000 minor illnesses such as asthma attacks.
The province committed to shut down all plants by 2014, but RNAO called for faster action. In fact, the association pushed for closure by 2012, saying these facilities should be kept on emergency standby until they officially close their doors in 2014.
The association believes green energy solutions are the way to go: natural gas, solar and wind power are cleaner, greener alternatives to dirty goal.
RNAO knows that anything that threatens this right can result in grave health consequences.