“AIRS” is an acronym for allergy/asthma, immunology, respiration and sinus/sleep. The Open AIRS Program provides integrated, comprehensive care to patients with respiratory tract disorders.
The multi-disciplinary team includes physicians and staff from allergy, otolaryngology and pulmonology. This team approach to treating airway disorders ensures patients receive streamlined, coordinated care.
The Open AIRS Program provides coordinated care for patients with the following airway conditions.
- Asthma/Reactive Airway Disease
- Chronic Rhinosinusitis
- Nasal Polyps
- Granulomatous diseases of the respiratory tract (e.g., sarcoidosis)
- Autoimmune disorders of the respiratory tract (e.g., Goodpasture’s Syndrome)
- Allergy impacting the respiratory tract
- General allergy-related issues/disorders
- Immune deficiencies impacting the respiratory tract
- Sleep Disorders
- Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)
- Nasal obstruction/nasal deformities
- Sinopulmonary disease (e.g., ciliary dyskinesia)
No other practice or institution in southeastern Wisconsin offers comprehensive clinical care, research, education, public policy, prevention and community services related to airway disorders. See who we treat and the advantages of our program in the Open AIRS video FAQ.
Treatment of Airway Disorders: What to Expect
Patients requiring coordinated care of airway disorders are scheduled through the Open AIRS Program triage line. A questionnaire is used to help determine the specific needs of the patient. Based on the patient information provided, the appropriate physicians are identified and schedules are coordinated for a consultation.
Proper triaging at the initial discussion ensures patients are being seen by the right physicians to provide the appropriate care.
Multi-Disciplinary Consultation to Provide Extensive Evaluation
The purpose of the initial consultation is to educate the patient and family, perform the necessary evaluations and help develop a treatment plan. After the patient is seen by the appropriate physician(s), treatment recommendations are provided by the multi-disciplinary team and presented to the patient and their family.
Ongoing Treatment and Resources Through Academic Medicine
The Open AIRS Program offers evaluation and treatment using a multidisciplinary team approach to provide the most coordinated treatment available. It is the only program of its kind in the region backed by the unmatched resources of an academic medical center. Through academic medicine, patients receive access to the latest and most advanced treatment options. Clinical trials are also offered to patients before they are readily available elsewhere.