Review article: management of acute severe and near-fatal asthma

Anthony D Holley, Robert J Boots
Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA 2009, 21 (4): 259-68
Despite a decline in the Australian overall asthma mortality, near-fatal/critical asthma continues to be a significant management issue for emergency physicians and intensivists. Near-fatal asthma is a unique subtype of asthma, with a variety of clinical presentations, requiring rapid and aggressive intervention. The pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of near-fatal asthma remains very complex. The present review discusses recent advances and evidence for current available strategies targeting this time critical emergency.

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