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Pregnancy related treatment disparities of acute asthma exacerbations in the emergency department.
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PMID:  21700439     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: Asthma is one of the most common medical conditions complicating pregnancy. Despite the presence of published guidelines outlining the care of the pregnant patient with asthma, disparities in the treatment of acute asthma exacerbations in the emergency department related to pregnancy status are known to exist. We sought to determine if pregnancy status affected the treatment of women presenting to a tertiary emergency department for care of acute asthma exacerbations. METHODS: We retrospectively compared the emergency department treatment of acute asthma exacerbations in 123 pregnant women to 123 non-pregnant controls. Asthma exacerbations were classified by severity according to pre-determined criteria. RESULTS: In the emergency department (ED), pregnant women were significantly less likely to be treated with systemic corticosteroids than non-pregnant controls (50.8% versus 72.4%, p = 0.001). Similarly, 41% of pregnant women received prescriptions for prednisone at the time of discharge from the ED compared to 69.2% of non-pregnant women (p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: In this population of asthmatics presenting to a tertiary emergency department with acute asthma exacerbations, pregnant women were less likely to receive appropriate therapy with systemic corticosteroids.
Jennifer W McCallister; Cathy G Benninger; Heather A Frey; Gary S Phillips; John G Mastronarde
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-6-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-3064     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-6-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8908438     Medline TA:  Respir Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
The Ohio State University Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, 201 Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute, 473 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.
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