What has led to a decline in ICU admissions for status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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A study published in 2004 [2] noted the number of patients with status asthmaticus requiring intensive care admissions had declined over 10 years. The trend was toward less advanced presentations. This may reflect improvements in medication compliance, education, or access to medical care. Nonetheless, concern has been raised more recently about an increase that has since been observed in the severity of asthma symptoms and the need for more intensive care management. [3] (See Prognosis, Workup, Treatment, and Medication.)

See Pediatric Status Asthmaticus for information about status asthmaticus in children.


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