Acute Asthma

Author: Gary T Kitching, Jason B Lee / Editor: Jason M Kendall / Reviewer: Michael Perry, Jon Bailey / Code: / Published: 29/04/2021

After completing this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the patho-physiology of asthma
  • Categorise the severity of an asthma attack
  • Identify life-threatening features of an asthma attack
  • Employ appropriate treatments according to the severity of attack
  • Differentiate those patients that require admission from those that can be discharged from the emergency department

Supplementary BTS Guidance on Asthma during the Covid-19 pandemic


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Further Reading

  • British Thoracic Society/Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network: British Guideline on the Management of Asthma. 2011 Guideline.

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