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Asthma Activity Trends in Ontario
Weekly Asthma Activity Level Indicator is determined by data reported to the Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance (ACES) System, supported by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care based at KFL&A Public Health.
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The Asthma Mapper is a digital tool that uses real-time trends in asthma-related visits to the emergency rooms of participating Ontario hospitals. Asthma Mapper is an interactive tool: users can "toggle" on and off additional layers of information about potential irritants (i.e. air quality or weather conditions), or can look at historic trends in asthma activity. There are also a series of asthma-related resources available through Asthma Mapper, including links to evidence-based educational and management tools.
Asthma Mapper can act as an early warning system to help users better determine when an asthma management plan may need adjustment to help better control symptoms. The tool can be useful for persons with asthma, their family or caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
The colours in Asthma Mapper represent weekly asthma attack levels, based on asthma-related presentations to participating hospitals within each Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in Ontario. The system describes activity levels according to a green, yellow, and red colour scheme.
**Note: Asthma Mapper is not a substitute for assessment by a medical professional for anyone experiencing respiratory distress.**
|Green||Low||Good opportunity to keep an up to date asthma management plan.|
|Yellow||Moderate||Individuals should take more notice when following their asthma management plan.|
|Red||High||Individuals should be vigilant when following their asthma management plan.|
Asthmatics should also continue to manage their asthma by:
If your asthma begins to worsen, follow your asthma management plan as written by your doctor.
In case of an emergency, dial 911 for immediate assistance.
Parents with children who suffer from asthma are also encouraged to communicate with schools and child care facilities to ensure that they understand the newly passed Ryan's Law and that their children are receiving appropriate asthma treatment.
For more information, visit the Ontario Lung Association webpage or call The Lung Association's Asthma Action Helpline: 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) for assistance.
|Colour||On a Population Level||Impact on the Acute Care Sector||% of E.D. Asthma Related Visits|
|Green||Not Significant||No significant impact||< 2%|
|Yellow||Increase as part of (or decrease from) a seasonal peak in activity||Increased volume to Emergency Departments may be noted Organisations/schools may see increased for staff/student absenteeism rates Potential residual effects of high admission rates post-peak.||2-2.5%|
|Red||Peak levels of activity are anticipated||Significant impacts on Emergency Departments may be noted. Potential for increased rates of admission for asthma-related illness Organisations/schools may see increased for staff/student absenteeism rates.||> 2.5%|
|E.D. - Emergency Department|
Contact the ministry for more information about prevention, preparedness and response activities by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 1-866-212-2272.
|Region||Green (%)||Yellow (%)||Red (%)|
|Erie St. Claire||< 2||2 - 2.5||> 2.5|
|* South West||< 2||1.35 - 1.75||> 1.75|
|*** Waterloo Wellington||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|* Hamilton Niagara||< 2.1||2.1 - 2.5||> 2.5|
|Central West||< 2.75||2.75 - 3.75||> 3.75|
|Mississauga Halton||< 2.3||2.3 - 2.75||> 2.75|
|** Toronto Central||< 2||2 - 2.5||> 2.5|
|Central||< 2||2 - 2.5||> 3.75|
|Central East||< 2.15||2.15 - 2.75||> 2.75|
|South East||< 1.6||1.6 - 2||> 2|
|North Simcoe Muskoka||< 1.75%||1.75 - 2.25||> 2.25|
|North East||< 1.8||1.8 - 2.25||> 2.25|
|North West||< 1.7||1.7 - 2||> 2|
|Provincial Aggregate||< 2||2 - 2.5||> 2.5|
|* LHIN has poor hospital coverage (limited data)|
|** Trends somewhat variable|
|*** No appropriate peaking observed, LHIN has moderate hospital coverage (somewhat limited data)|
The analysis is done on the data provided in real-time to the ACES system from hospital partners. The data is analyzed weekly, on Mondays, for the data available up to the week ending Saturday. The website will be updated no later than the end of the business day that same Monday.