Monday, September 07, 2015

How can asthma deaths be reduced?

The 2014 UK National Review of Asthma Deaths identified potentially preventable factors in two-thirds of the medical records of cases scrutinised

45% of people who died from asthma did not call for or receive medical assistance in their final fatal attack

Overall asthma management, acute and chronic, in primary and secondary care was judged to be good in less than one-fifth of those who died

There was a failure by doctors and nurses to identify and act on risk factors for asthma attacks and asthma death

The rationale for diagnosing asthma was not evident in a considerable number of cases, and there were inaccuracies related to the completion of medical certificates of the cause of death in over half of the cases considered for the UK National Review of Asthma Deaths

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