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Updated asthma guidelines published

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The Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network and the British Thoracic Society have published their annual update of The British Guideline for Management of Asthma.

The guidance includes revisions to the sections on pharmacological management, acute asthma and the management of asthma in pregnancy. A systematic literature search was also conducted on inhaler devices but no new evidence was identified to alter the current recommendations.

Key messages include:

  • Oxygen saturation levels in patients with acute asthma should be maintained at 94-98%
  • Oxygen saturation should be measured by pulse oximeters in adults and children. Pulse oximeters should be available for use by all health professionals assessing acute asthma in both primary and secondary care.
  • Action plans should be used to control asthma and reduce admissions to hospital.
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