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Individualized (Asthma) Care and Education
Put Your Asthma on ICE!

What is ICE?
The ICE Program consists of 3 office visits.  The initial visit will focus on information gathering through history, physical exam and testing.  The 2 subsequent visits will focus on maintenance of asthma control through medications and education.  (See below for details of each visit). 

Why do we offer this program? 
At The Ohio State University Medical Center we are devoted to providing personalized health care for our patients.  Providing individualized asthma education and a comprehensive evaluation and treatment of co-morbid conditions can be time consuming and difficult to accomplish in a busy primary care practice.  Asthma patients experience improved quality of life and outcomes when and they have a personalized, detailed asthma action plan to follow and their co-morbidities are well controlled.  Our team targets the specific unique needs of each asthma patient as an adjunct to a primary care provider’s ongoing care.

What does the program offer?
Visit 1:
A comprehensive history and focused physical exam will be obtained.  The history will focus on asthma symptoms, triggers, exposures, response to medications and other factors which may be affecting your asthma control.  Testing will be ordered to evaluate or confirm findings.  Additionally, medications will be adjusted according to the latest evidence-based guidelines to maximize control of your asthma.  A follow-up visit (Visit 2) will be scheduled when testing is complete.

Visit 2:
Your physician will review all tests results from Visit 1 with you.  Your asthma control and response to medications will also be assessed.  If your asthma remains uncontrolled your medications will be adjusted.  Concerns about your asthma management  or medications ( will be addressed.

Visit 3:
You will see Cathy Benninger, Nurse Practitioner who is a certified asthma educator. Your response to medications and asthma control will be assessed.  Asthma medications will be adjusted if needed based on your symptoms.  An individualized asthma action plan will be developed which will help you identify worsening asthma control and give recommendations on how to take appropriate action when you are ill.

Future Visits:
Any future visits will be up to you and your primary care provider.  We are happy to continue providing asthma care or your primary care provider can provide ongoing care based on the plan developed via the ICE program.

All test results, progress notes, asthma action plan and education provided will be sent to your primary care provider.