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How to manage asthma exacerbations in primary care

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Article:

Burns D (2013) Managing acute asthma in primary care. Nursing Times; 109: 42, 17-20.

Authors:

Dave Burns is senior lecturer at Respiratory Education UK

 

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • Causes of acute exacerbations in asthma
  • What to offer if an exacerbation is suspected
  • Follow-up treatment and advice to be offered after the episode

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

This article gives a good overview of current UK guidelines on managing asthma in acute care. More broadly, it would be helpful to reference in an essay about respiratory care and it explains how and when bronchodilators and corticosteroids are used.

 

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

This article is aimed at professionals working in primary care, who are likely to come across patients experiencing asthma exacerbations. However, as the article points out, exacerbations of asthma can have a number of causes so nurses in other areas may find this article useful.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

What can you advice patients to do to avoid exacerbations?

 

STUDENT NT DECODER

Hyper-responsiveness
The airways of the lungs restricting due to exposure to an allergen.

Exacerbation
Deterioration in the level of control experienced by a person with asthma.

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