Spreading the Word: Strategies to Engage and Educate Healthcare Professionals Mary Cataletto, MD, AE-C Session Overview: The NAEPP – EPR-3 Expert Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma highlight the need for education at every patient-provider encounter. Insuring consistency in providing evidenced-based educational messages to our patients requires engaging and educating providers at all levels. Adult learners can be particularly challenging. Not only will educators encounter providers with varying levels of knowledge, skills and motivation, but providers will often have significant time constraints and patient care responsibilities. The clinical setting can provide opportunities for effective engagement of asthma care teams. Themes pertaining to effective communication to facilitate knowledge acquisition of key EPR-3 evidence-based asthma messages run through each of the 4 content areas with the Detailed Content Outline (DCO) for the NAECB certification examination. Level: Intermediate Pharmacology Update for Asthma Educators Robin Luffy, RN, MSN, CPNP, AE-C Session Overview: This presentation will include an overview and discussion of the current medications for asthma management as discussed in the Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma published by the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and National Asthma Education and Prevention program (NAEPP). Medications will be presented according to drug classifications, including corticosteroids, immunomodulators, leukotriene modifiers, long acting beta agonists, methylxanthines, short acting beta agonists, and anticholinergics with the goal of helping the participant organize the variety of medications into a usable form for their practice. Age appropriate dosing, administration modes, side effects and ways to decrease their occurrence will be incorporated into the presentation. Currently available delivery devices including valved holding chambers, dry powder inhalers and metered dose inhalers will be reviewed. Assessment of asthma risk and impairment, environmental control and co-morbidities in relation to medication requirement and dosing will be addressed with asthma step up and step down therapy. Management of Severe Unresponsive Asthma Exacerbation in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Jared Rice, RRT, AE-C Session Overview: Methods to manage server refractory asthma in the pediatric intensive care unit will be discussed. Topics will include bronchodilator therapy, invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation, adjust therapies, and special inhaled gases.