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Adult Therapeutics Handbook

Management of Acute Severe Asthma in Adults in A&E

Management of Acute Severe Asthma in Adults in A&E

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN). British Guidelines on the Management of Asthma. Edinburgh: SIGN; revised Jan 2012. (no. 101). Available from www.sign.ac.uk. Algorithm adapted with permission from the British Thoracic Society (# denotes minor changes).

Notes on Potential Discharge from A&E

  • In all patients who received nebulised Beta2 agonists prior to presentation, consider an extended observation period prior to discharge.
  • If PEF <50% on presentation, prescribe prednisolone oral 40-50mg/day for 5 days.
  • In all patients ensure treatment supply of inhaled steroid and Beta2 agonist and check inhaler technique.
  • Arrange GP follow up for 2 days post discharge.
  • Fax discharge letter to GP.
  • Refer to asthma liaison nurse / chest clinic.

*Peak Expiratory Flow Rate - Normal Values

From SIGN Guideline 101 with permission