Emergency care in asthmaPosted on: 26 Sep 2019
This module will highlight the importance of assessing a patient who is having an asthma attack, how to manage their condition and how to reduce risk of recurrent attacks through follow-up, review and education.
After completing the module, you should be able to confidently:
- Recognise the signs and symptoms of an asthma emergency
- Classify an acute asthma exacerbation as moderate, severe or life-threatening
- Determine whether an attack can be managed in primary care, and when emergency transport to hospital is indicated
- Provide appropriate treatment, based on BTS/SIGN guidance for acute asthma
- Appropriately follow up patients discharged from hospital following emergency treatment for asthma
Asthma is a common long-term inflammatory condition characterised by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm. If a person’s asthma is poorly controlled their symptoms can worsen and turn into an acute exacerbation or asthma attack.
If patients are over-reliant on their reliever medication, not using an inhaled corticosteroid regularly or incorrectly they are potentially putting themselves at risk of an asthma attack which can be a frightening experience. The majority of asthma attacks are preventable once patients have a comprehensive understanding of their medication(s), how and when to take them and what to do if their symptoms are getting worse.
Within this module we explore how to objectively assess a patient who is having an asthma attack, how to manage their condition and how we ensure it doesn’t happen again through follow-up, review and education.
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