Emergency Department and Hospital Treatment of Asthma

Sandra J. Tsiu, Timothy Self

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Asthma is one of the most frequently treated problems in emergency departments and hospitals. Over the last 10 years, several excellent clinical trials have redefined the optimal approach to treating acute, severe asthma. Both in the emergency department and in the hospital, frequent doses of inhaled β2-agonists and systemic corticosteroids are the cornerstones of treatment. In either setting, theophylline therapy adds no or minimal benefits. Inhaled anticholinergics add to the efficacy of the initial dose only of inhaled β2-agonist in the emergency department. Pharmacists should help ensure optimal treatment in acute care settings via protocols as well as routine patient monitoring and drug use evaluation. Improving long-term prevention of asthma should also be addressed by careful patient education and treatment protocols. Serving on a case management team is one excellent approach of helping patients with asthma. Providing pharmaceutical care for asthmatics is a rewarding experience that can dramatically improve clinical outcomes, including a reduced need for emergency and hospital treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-185
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pharmacy Practice
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

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Hospital Emergency Service
Asthma
Pharmaceutical Services
Drug Evaluation
Emergency Treatment
Case Management
Cholinergic Antagonists
Physiologic Monitoring
Patient Education
Therapeutics
Theophylline
Clinical Protocols
Pharmacists
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Clinical Trials

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  • Pharmacology (medical)

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Emergency Department and Hospital Treatment of Asthma. / Tsiu, Sandra J.; Self, Timothy.

In: Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Vol. 5, No. 4, 01.01.1992, p. 177-185.

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Tsiu, Sandra J. ; Self, Timothy. / Emergency Department and Hospital Treatment of Asthma. In: Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 1992 ; Vol. 5, No. 4. pp. 177-185.
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