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Emergency Department Management of Acute Asthma Exacerbations

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Episode 66

Date: 02/01/2021 | Length: 1:02:12


Show Notes

  • Epidemiology
    • Risk factors for death from asthma (Table 1)
    • Triggers for asthma attacks
    • Variants of asthma (Table 2)
  • Differential diagnosis (Table 3)
    • Can PE be a trigger for an acute asthma attack?
  • Prehospital care
  • ED care: history (what should we ask?)
  • ED care: physical exam (what are we looking for?)
  • Classifying mild/moderate/severe asthma
  • Lab studies
  • POCUS (Table 5 and Figure 3)
  • Peak expiratory flow
  • ETCO2 capnography and capnometry
  • Chest x-ray
  • Treatment (Table 6)
    • Medications
      • Oxygen
      • SABA vs LABA
      • What about MDIs?
      • Continuous nebs?
      • Anticholinergics
      • Steroids (IV, oral, inhaled; prednisone vs dexamethasone)
      • Magnesium sulfate
      • Epinephrine
      • Terbutaline
      • Ketamine
    • NIPPV
    • Intubation pearls and pitfalls (Table 8)
  • Special populations
    • Pediatrics
    • Pregnancy
    • COVID-19
  • Controversies and cutting edge
    • Biologics
    • Fractional exhaled nitric oxide
    • Heliox
    • High flow nasal cannula
    • Delayed sequence intubation
    • ECMO
  • Disposition

Meet the Host

Sam Ashoo, MD, FACEP

Dr. Ashoo is a practicing emergency physician, board-certified in emergency medicine and clinical informatics. Join him as he takes you through the February 2022 issue of Emergency Medicine Practice: Emergency Department Management of Acute Asthma Exacerbations

About The Podcast

Get quick-hit summaries of hot topics in emergency medicine. EMplify summarizes evidence-based reviews in a monthly podcast. Highlights of the latest research published in EB Medicine's peer-reviewed journals educate and arm you for life in the ED.

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Publication Information

Steven M. Hochman, MD, FACEP; Anthony Catapano, DO, FACOEP; Arsalan Shawl, DO; Brandon Somwaru, DO

Peer Reviewed By

Drew Clare, MD; Gabriel Wardi, MD, MPH

Publication Date

February 1, 2022

CME Expiration Date

February 1, 2025    CME Information

Pub Med ID: 35072366

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