The Global Asthma Report 2014

Posted on November 20, 2014. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: |

The Global Asthma Report 2014

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Why asthma still kills, the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) – Royal College of Physicians – 6 May 2014

Posted on May 7, 2014. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , |

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.”

… continues on the site

 

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NQF Endorses Pulmonary and Critical Care Measures – National Quality Forum [US] – 31 July 2012

Posted on August 2, 2012. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Intensive Care, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , , , , |

NQF Endorses Pulmonary and Critical Care Measures – National Quality Forum [US] – 31 July 2012

“Washington, DC – the National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors has endorsed 19 measures related to pulmonary conditions and the critical care setting. The measures focus on treatment processes and outcomes for asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pneumonia.”

“The measures include those that have been endorsed for at least three years and are now undergoing NQF endorsement maintenance. The ongoing evaluation and updating of endorsed measures ensures they are current and relevant to NQF’s pulmonary/critical care portfolio. In all, 35 measures were evaluated against NQF’s endorsement criteria; 19 received endorsement status. Three were new measures and 16 were maintenance measures. Further harmonization efforts are underway for a sub-set of measures. Three measures are still under review.”

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An Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma: NHS Companion Document – 11 May 2012

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , |

An Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma: NHS Companion Document – 11 May 2012

Action plan for respiratory disease treatment published

“A new action plan for treatment of respiratory problems is set out in guidance published today for the NHS.

Some 45 best practice actions are outlined for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma. The two can be confused due to similar symptoms and understanding the similarities and differences will help doctors provide better treatment. A key part of the new strategy is reducing the variation in COPD diagnosis and care around the country.

COPD kills around 23,000 people per year, and if the new guidelines are followed across the NHS then an estimated 7,800 lives could be saved annually. The NHS currently spends £1bn a year on COPD. It costs nearly ten times more to treat severe COPD than the mild disease, so improved diagnosis rates could deliver significant cost savings too.”

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Asthma in Australia 2011: with a focus chapter on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – AIHW – 18 October 2011

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , |

Asthma in Australia 2011: with a focus chapter on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – AIHW – 18 October 2011
Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring

“Asthma is an important health problem in Australia. This report brings together data from a wide range of sources to describe the current status of asthma in Australia. It includes information on the number of people who have asthma and who visit their general practitioner, are hospitalised or die due to asthma. Time trends and profiles of people who receive various treatments for asthma are also presented, along with information on those who have written asthma action plans. In addition, comorbidities and quality of life among people with asthma are also investigated. This report also includes a chapter that focuses on chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases in Australians aged 55 years and over.”

ISSN 1448-7594; ISBN 978-1-74249-215-5; Cat. no. ACM 22; 291pp

Media release – Asthma rates drop among Australian children and young people

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Time trends and geographical variation in re-admissions for asthma in Australia – AIHW – 7 March 2011

Posted on March 24, 2011. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , |

Time trends and geographical variation in re-admissions for asthma in Australia – AIHW – 7 March 2011

“Re-admissions for asthma can be considered an indicator of health system performance in relation to the management of patients with asthma. This bulletin examines the overall rate of re-admissions for asthmas in Australian and investigates time trends in re-admissions for asthmas as well as differences according to age, sex, socioeconomic status and remoteness of residence.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-123-3

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Monitoring the impact of air pollution on asthma in Australia: a methods paper – AIHW – 22 March 2010

Posted on March 23, 2010. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , , |

Monitoring the impact of air pollution on asthma in Australia: a methods paper – AIHW – 22 March 2010

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

“Air pollution can trigger asthma and, in severe cases, has been associated with hospitalisation and death. How much of a problem is air pollution though? What proportion of asthma exacerbations are due to air pollution each year? How much does this vary with extreme events such as bushfires and dust storms? This paper discusses the challenges associated with this type of monitoring, outlines the work that has so far been done in Australia in this area and presents a method for estimating the contribution of air pollution to asthma hospitalisations. The method has been applied to a particular case study ‘Melbourne in 2006’ to test its potential usefulness.”

ISBN-13 978-1-74249-000-14; AIHW cat. no. ACM 18; 40pp.

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Refining national asthma indicators: Delphi survey and correlation analysis – AIHW – 21 July 2009

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , , |

Refining national asthma indicators: Delphi survey and correlation analysis – published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

“This report is the result of a systematic review undertaken by the Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring (ACAM) to refine and simplify asthma monitoring in Australia. A Delphi survey and correlation analysis were used to review the currently recommended list of 24 national asthma indicators in order to identify a smaller set of core indicators, which provide the most important and relevant information and which are more effective at signalling change for future asthma monitoring activities. ”

Authored by Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring.

Published 21 July 2009; ISSN 1448-7594; ISBN-13 978 1 74024 938 6; AIHW cat. no. ACM 15; 42pp.; INTERNET ONLY

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Sensitive Choice program – an initiative of the National Asthma Council Australia (NAC)

Posted on June 30, 2009. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , , |

“The Sensitive Choice program helps you identify companies that are committed to reducing asthma and allergy triggers.

The National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) receives many enquiries from families and people with asthma wanting to know how to reduce their asthma symptoms.

With over 12% of the population suffering from asthma and 40% of the population from allergy, the Sensitive Choice program has been launched to help Australians make better lifestyle choices that may help manage asthma and allergies more effectively.

In response to the big demand from Australians for guidance about managing their asthma and allergy, the Sensitive Choice butterfly logo has been launched. ”  … continues on the website

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Heat treatment eases severe asthma: study – report from ABC Science 19 May 2009

Posted on May 20, 2009. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: |

Heat treatment eases severe asthma: study

Info copied from the ABC Science report:
Tuesday, 19 May 2009

“An experimental asthma treatment that uses heat to reduce airway constriction provided some relief from severe asthma, say US researchers.

The device cut the rates of extreme asthma attacks by 32% and reduced trips to the emergency room by 84% in patients with severe asthma, according to results of the late-stage clinical trial, which was presented at a meeting of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego.

The procedure, known as bronchial thermoplasty, uses a thin tube to gently heat the walls of the lung’s air passages, killing off some of the muscle tissue to reduce narrowing of the airways.

“In asthma, what happens is these patients develop enlarged smooth muscles surrounding their bronchial tubes. That contributes to asthma attacks. The idea is to decrease that,” says Dr Mario Castro of Washington University in St Louis, who led the study.

Glen French, chief executive officer of Asthmatx, which manufactures the device used in the trial, says the treatment uses radiofrequency-generated heat.

“We are warming the tissue and the target tissue is dying, but it is about 65° C, which is like a warm cup of coffee.”

He says smooth muscle tissue in the lungs is sensitive to heat. Burning the tissue at high temperatures can cause excessive scarring and inflammation.” …. continues on the ABC Science website

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