Which physical findings are characteristic of later stages of status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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An inability to speak more than one or two words at a time may also be observed in the later stages of an acute asthma episode. Ventilation/perfusion mismatch results in decreased oxygen saturation and hypoxia. Vital signs may show tachycardia and hypertension. The peak flow rate should be included in the vital signs in patients who are able to cooperate and who are able to tolerate the peak flow maneuver without significant distress.

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