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Focused Assessment of Patients With Asthma in the Emergency Department.
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PMID:  21262757     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Asthma remains a common cause for presentation to the emergency department. Multiple clinical asthma scores (CAS) have been developed to assess the severity of an asthma exacerbation. The objective of this retrospective study was to determine if adoption of a CAS and asthma guidelines identifies patients with more severe asthma and to identify factors that predict the need for hospital admission. The results identified the admission rates in the pre- and post-CAS groups to be similar. Within the post-CAS group, patients requiring admission received more aggressive therapy and were frequently hypoxic on initial presentation. In conclusion, CAS aids in identifying severe asthma exacerbations. Lack of response to aggressive therapy or hypoxia on initial presentation should prompt the emergency department physician to arrange for admission.
Authors:
Jessica Kanis; Jami Lovell; Michael Bowman; Mary Olivia Titus
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical pediatrics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1938-2707     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-1-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372606     Medline TA:  Clin Pediatr (Phila)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.
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