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Emergency treatment of asthma in adults

Emergency treatment of asthma in adults



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0.5 hours


February 21, 2014


February 21, 2013

Programme Description

In this article Dr Andrew Bentley discusses rapid assessment of acute asthma and referral. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include asthma severity grading and immediate management.

Educational Objectives

After reading this article GPs should be better able to:
  • Describe the various grades of severity of moderate, acute severe and life-threatening asthma
  • Understand the various factors that are likely to contribute to patients not complying with asthma management or its being ineffective
  • Manage acute asthma
  • Know when to refer a patient with progressive deterioration of asthma to secondary care
  • Faculty

    Activity author
    Dr Andrew Bentley
    Consultant in Respiratory and Intensive Care medicine
    University Hospital of South Manchester
    United Kingdom

    Test authors
    Professor Ruth Chambers
    GP and honorary professor
    University of Staffordfordshire
    United Kingdom

    Dr Lizzie Cottrell
    Academic GP Registrar
    United Kingdom


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