Asthma treatment protocols in the emergency department: Are they effective?

Timothy Self, Justin B. Usery, Amanda Howard-Thompson, Chris Sands

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Abstract

Management of asthma in emergency departments (ED) has been well documented to be deficient over many years, despite national and international guidelines. This review summarizes the effect of ED protocols aimed at improving the assessment and treatment of asthma in the ED. We performed a PubMed search of the English literature for ED asthma protocols published from 1986 to 2006 and identified 11 studies. Protocols were effective in improving at least some areas of management, including use of appropriate patient assessment, drug therapy per national guidelines, and patient education. A small number of protocols with the specific aims of reducing the length of stay in the ED as well as rates of hospital admission and return visits were effective. Persistent education of ED staff regarding protocols based on current management guidelines and adoption of easy-to-use forms can facilitate improved care of patients with asthma in the ED.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-248
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Asthma
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2007

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Asthma treatment protocols in the emergency department : Are they effective? / Self, Timothy; Usery, Justin B.; Howard-Thompson, Amanda; Sands, Chris.

In: Journal of Asthma, Vol. 44, No. 4, 01.05.2007, p. 243-248.

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Self, T, Usery, JB, Howard-Thompson, A & Sands, C 2007, 'Asthma treatment protocols in the emergency department: Are they effective?', Journal of Asthma, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 243-248. https://doi.org/10.1080/02770900701246691
Self, Timothy ; Usery, Justin B. ; Howard-Thompson, Amanda ; Sands, Chris. / Asthma treatment protocols in the emergency department : Are they effective?. In: Journal of Asthma. 2007 ; Vol. 44, No. 4. pp. 243-248.
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