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J R Soc Med. 1994 June; 87(6): 330.
PMCID: PMC1294561

Adult asthma assessment in an accident & emergency department.


Poor initial assessment contributes to morbidity and mortality in acute severe asthma. We have audited this aspect of management in an A & E department over a single 6-month senior house officer employment cycle. The use of a cheap and simple stamp highlighting important clinical features of asthma was associated with a significant improvement in early assessment.

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  • Eason J, Markowe HL. Controlled investigation of deaths from asthma in hospitals in the North East Thames region. Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987 May 16;294(6582):1255–1258. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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