Peak Flow Adult
Peak Flow Child

Asthma Sufferers


Spirometrics serves the asthma population by manufacturing and distributing a full line of spirometer accessories and peak flow meters. Literally thousands of patients, physicians and other asthma management clinicians have benefited over the years from Spirometric's dedication to meticulous manufacturing and production processes.
 More Americans than ever before say they are suffering from asthma. It is this country's most common and costly illness. The prevalence of asthma has been increasing since the early 1980s across all age, sex and racial groups. However, the prevalence of asthma is higher among children than adults, and higher among blacks than whites.
 More than an estimated 17 million people in the United States have asthma. This health problem is the reason for nearly half a million hospital stays each year. People with asthma can be of any race, age or sex. Its treatment costs billions of dollars each year.
 Asthma is the only chronic disease, besides AIDS and tuberculosis, with an increasing death rate. Each day 14 Americans die from asthma.
 From 1979 to 1992, asthma death rates increased 58 percent overall. The death rate for children 19 years and younger increased by 78 percent between 1980 and 1993.
 More females die of asthma than males and more blacks die of asthma than whites.
 Certain factors indicate that many asthma-related deaths and hospitalizations are preventable when asthma is properly managed. For instance, people with asthma need to avoid environmental factors that make asthma worse, recognize early warning signs of worsening asthma, recognize the severity of an asthma episode, take appropriate medications as prescribed, and seek prompt medical help when problems occur.
 The cost of asthma in 1998 was estimated to be $11.3 billion. Direct costs accounted for $7.5 billion and indirect costs were $3.8 billion. Hospitalizations accounted for the single largest portion of the cost.