Memorial Donates Free Asthma Spacers to School Aged Children

November 22, 2017

Memorial Healthcare has generously donated personal spacing devices, to all area elementary school children with asthma.

“Asthma continues to be on the rise. Memorial Healthcare is helping young students to obtain the most benefit from their MDI’s. By educating the staff and students, we hope that the use of a valved holding chamber (spacing device) will increase and the amount of missed school days due to an asthma flare-up will decrease,” said Margaret Ryznar, a respiratory therapist for Memorial Healthcare.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes making it harder for air to enter and leave the lungs. Currently, there is no cure for asthma, but with proper management, it can be controlled. The CDC estimates over 831,000 or 10.9% of the population in Michigan have been diagnosed as having asthma.  Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.

“On behalf of all school districts in Shiawassee County, we greatly appreciate the generosity of Memorial Healthcare and thank them for providing the spacers to assist children with medical needs. Without the support of Memorial Healthcare, this would not have been possible,” said David Schulte, RESD Superintendent.

For more information about this device, please contact Margaret Ryznar, Respiratory Therapist at: 989-723-5211.