Acute severe asthma in pregnancy
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Acute severe asthma in pregnancy

Phil Hill Nurse practitioner, Medical emergency admissions unit, Cardiff and the Vale NHS Trust, Algorithm UK (Emergency Care Training) Ltd, Newport

Deaths from asthma are rare during pregnancy, but the seriousness of the condition can be overlooked with potentially fatal results, says PHIL HILL

There are an estimated 1.9 million adults with asthma in the UK, equating to about 7 per cent of the population (Bourke and Brewis 1998, Davies-Gray 2000). Between 10 and 20 per cent control their condition well, but there continues to be about 2,000 deaths a year (Dolan and Holt 2000, Davies-Gray 2000, Eaton 1999, Resuscitation Council (UK) 2000).

Emergency Nurse. 11, 7, 24-29. doi: 10.7748/en2003.

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