Asthma Severity Index (ASTHMA)

  • D. John Doyle


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 [1].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. John Doyle
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  1. 1.Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Department of AnaesthesiaUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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