When is hospitalization indicated for the treatment of status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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According to the guidelines of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, [13] hospitalization is generally indicated when the PEF or FEV1 after treatment is greater than 50%, but less than 70%, of the predicted value. Hospitalization in an ICU is dependent on the severity of symptoms, use of accessory muscles, and ABG results, as well as an FEV1 less than 50%.


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