Why asthma still kills, the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) – Royal College of Physicians – 6 May 2014
“There are messages for doctors, nurses, patients, parents and carers in the findings and recommendations of the report. Deficiencies were found in routine asthma care and the review outlines recommendations to be taken forward by not only those who treat patients with this chronic condition but also pharmacists, NHS service managers, policy makers, commissioners and patient and professional bodies.
Why asthma still kills calls for an end to the complacency around asthma care in order to save lives and highlights four key messages:
Every hospital and GP practice should have designated, named clinician for asthma services.
Better monitoring of asthma control; where loss of control is identified, immediate action is required including escalation of responsibility, treatment change and arrangements for follow-up.
Better education is needed for doctors, nurses, patients and carers to make them aware of the risks. They need to be able to recognise the warning signs of poor asthma control and know what to do during an attack.
All patients should be provided with a personal asthma action plan (PAAP), which can help them to identify if their asthma is worsening and tell them how and when to seek help.”
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