Asthma Severity Index (ASTHMA)
The need for objective determination of when to hospitalize patients who present to the emergency room (ER) with severe bronchial asthma has motivated much work in this area [1–4]. In the usual clinical setting, asthmatic patients are admitted to hospital only when a trial of therapy in the ER has been unsuccessful. Consequently, these patients may spend many hours in the ER prior to a decision regarding hospitalization or discharge. In spite of this, about one quarter of patients treated and discharged from the ER undergo relapse, requiring further ER therapy .
KeywordsEmergency Room Peak Expiratory Flow Rate Predictor Index Toronto General Hospital Pulsus Paradoxus
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