Near-Fatal Asthma: An Ounce of Prevention May be Worth More than a Pound of Cure

The Journal of Pediatrics, 06/01/2012

Lee AY et al. – Identifying children at risk for developing fatal or near–fatal asthma can be difficult, and the clinical management of such children is often challenging. Given the lack of formal management guidelines for the treatment of critically ill children with status asthmaticus, there is wide variation in pharmacologic interventions and ventilation strategies used by different centers across the United.

  • Asthma is a significant public health problem that is increasing in prevalence and is associated with significant morbidity and financial costs.
  • Some suggest that asthma-related deaths are decreasing; however, this trend might simply reflect changes in International Classification of Diseases between the ninth and tenth editions.
  • Status asthmaticus is one of the most common diagnoses requiring admission to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

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