Recognising and Responding to Acute Asthma

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Asthma is clinically defined as the combination of variable respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, cough and chest tightness, and significant variation in lung function. It's a chronic disease that can be controlled but not cured.

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In the event of an asthma attack, triggering stimuli cause the smooth muscles of the bronchi to contract and, consequently, the passage to narrow. The tissue lining of the airway swells as a result of inflammation and secretes mucus. A minor asthma attack can be treated at home with proper medications. A severe asthma attack requires medical intervention and has the potential to be a life-threatening emergency.

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22 Jan 2023
Relevant to practice
Mandy Dawkins
30 Aug 2021
concise article
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Hafiza� Tayab
22 Jul 2021
Asthma gives anyone’s lungs a tough time and make breathing difficult. But it can be managed safely by providing safe care.
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Lisa-Marie Morales
25 Apr 2021
Good snapshot on topic.
Nicole Clifton
09 Jun 2021
This resource was informative as it outlined the signs and symptoms of asthma attacks and how to provide treatment for asthma attacks. The resource also included asthma management plans which are important for treating people with asthma
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