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One Minute Asthma

One Minute Asthma: What You Need to Know, 8th edition revised. 80 pages, 2011
Thomas F. Plaut, M.D.

ISBN 978-0-914625-32-2

“One Minute Asthma: What You Need to Know has much to offer both adult and pediatric patients as well as their families. I also recommend it as a valuable information and teadhing resource for physicians who care for patients with asthma."

Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
Vol. 106 • April 2006

One Minute Asthma is the only booklet for patients referenced in the 1997 NHLBI Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma


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"One Minute Asthma: What You Need to Know, a soft-cover pocket guide, is the perfect educational tool for asthma patients and those who care for them.
...It contains pertinent information in a concise format with accompanying illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions on the utility of asthma action plans, peak flow measurements and the multitude of medications and delivery devices. "

Advance for Respiratory Care Practitioners, September 2008
Vol. 21 • Issue 19 • Page 29


One Minute Asthma: A Multi-purpose Book

Clinicians use One Minute Asthma in the office to:

  • educate patients in the waiting room
  • clarify the proper use of peak flow meters, inhalers, holding chambers and compressor-driven nebulizers.
  • present the benefits of keeping a diary
  • serve as a template for the asthma action plan
  • cover specific topics during the visit.

Patients use One Minute Asthma in the home to:

  • review information at their own pace
  • study the correct technique for use of devices in words and pictures
  • learn new material that will improve their understanding and communication at their next visit.

Others use it:

  • to provide basic information for individual patients in the hospital
  • to educate patients in the waiting areas of hospitals and emergency departments
  • as an outline for asthma talks, to train speakers and to orient new staff.

This easy-to-read guide will help people with asthma stay out of the emergency room, out of the hospital and as active as everyone else. It is an ideal guide for parents, patients and anyone who needs a quick asthma reference book. Accurate, clear, and illustrated with line drawings and charts, One Minute Asthma covers the basics of asthma and the medicines used to treat it. Readers will learn how to recognize symptoms, monitor the progress of an episode and communicate clearly with health professionals. Also available in Spanish

Dr. Plaut wrote One Minute Asthma at the request of busy physicians who wanted to teach their patients about asthma during visits to the office and emergency visits. It is accurate, current and easy to read. Each page covers a single concept. There is more helpful information packed into this 64-page pocket size book than in many books four times as long. Reading just one page, ”Medicines that make asthma worse” of this special book has helped many people improve their asthma care overnight.

Topics that you won’t see elsewhere are: how to choose an asthma doctor, how triggers add up, how people get falsely high peak flow scores, why you need a four-zone diary and action plan and how to choose and use a compressor driven nebulizer. Patients who read four pages of One Minute Asthma in the waiting room ask better questions and have a more focused visit.

Blue Cross, Kaiser, HMOs, the American Association of Respiratory Care and state health departments purchase One Minute Asthma in quantities of 1,000 to 20,000 copies. Medical practices buy it by the hundred to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their care. One Minute Asthma is the only book for the general public referenced in the 1997 NHLBI Guidelines. With sales of 1,750,000 copies in English and Spanish, it has outsold all other asthma books.

First, learn the basics of asthma and the medicines used to treat it. Second, monitor your asthma using peak flow or asthma signs scores. Only then can you and your doctor work out a clear, zone-based action plan for treating your asthma at home.

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You Can Control Asthma
Danger Signs of Asthma
Working with Your Doctor
Signs of an Asthma Episode
What is Asthma?
What Happens in the Airways?
Asthma Triggers
Triggers have Effects that are Long-lasting
and Add Up
Triggers in the Home
Triggers in the School
Your Immune System
Testing for Allergies
Allergy Shots
Sinus Trouble
Stomache Acid Reflux
Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD)
How Severe is Your Asthma?
Is Your Asthma Well Controlled

Peak Flow
Peak Flow Meter
How to Use a Peak Flow Meter
Getting Peak Flow Right
Peak Flow Zones

Diaries and Action Plans
Asthma Diaries
A Diary for Children Under Five
Asthma Peak Flow Diary
Asthma Signs Diary
Asthma Action Plans
Peak Flow Based Action Plan
Signs Based Action Plan

Asthma Medicines
Inhaled Corticosteroids (ICS)
Long-acting Beta-agonists (LABA)
Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists (LTRA)
Cromolyn and Nedocromil
Short Acting Beta2-agonists (SABA)
Oral Steroids

Inhalation Devices
Taking Inhaled Meds
Which Inhaled Med Should You Use First
How to Use an Inhaler (MDI)
Holding Chamber
How to Use a Holding Chamber
Holding Chamber with Mask
How to Use a Holding Chamber with Mask
Breath Actuated Inhaler
Is Your Inhaler Empty?
Dry Powder Inhalers (DPI)
How to Use the Flexhaler (DPI)
How to Use the Diskus (DPI)
Compressor-Driven Nebulizer (mist machine)
Medicines that May Make Asthma Worse

Treating Asthma in Children Under Age Three
Stepwise Approach for Managing Asthma
Asthma Stories
You Can Control Your Asthma

Resource Section

Is Your Asthma Well Controlled?
Stepwise Approach to Asthma Treatment

List of Illustrations
Sucking in the Chest Skin (retractions)
Normal Airway
Airway During Episode
Effects of Triggers Add Up
TruZone Peak Flow Meter
Peak Flow Zones
Proper Inhaler Position
Vortex Holding Chamber
Vortex Holding Chamber with Mask
Maxair Autohaler
Pulmicort Flexhaler
Advair Diskus
Pari LC Sprint Reusable Nebulizer

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