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Treatment and outcome of adult patients with acute asthma in emergency departments in Australasia, South East Asia and Europe: Are guidelines followed? AANZDEM/EuroDEM study

Simon Craig, Win Sen Kuan, Anne-Maree Kelly, Oene Van Meer, Justina Motiejunaite, Gerben Keijzers, Peter Jones, Richard Body, Mehmet A Karamercan, Sharon Klim, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Franck Verschuren, Anna Holdgate, Michael Christ, Adela Golea, Colin A Graham, Jean Capsec, Cinzia Barletta, Luis Garcia-Castrillo, Said Laribi



OBJECTIVE: Asthma exacerbations are common presentations to ED. Key guideline recommendations for management include administration of inhaled bronchodilators, systemic corticosteroids and titrated oxygen therapy. Our aim was to compare management and outcomes between patients treated for asthma in Europe (EUR) and South East Asia/Australasia (SEA) and compliance with international guidelines. METHODS: In each region, prospective, interrupted time series studies were performed including adult (age >18 years) patients presenting to ED with the main complaint of dyspnoea during three 72 h periods. This was a planned sub-study that included those with an ED primary diagnosis of asthma. Data was..

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