Independent prescribing for a child with a first diagnosis of asthma: a case study
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Independent prescribing for a child with a first diagnosis of asthma: a case study

Laura Jayne Inniss Advanced clinical nurse manager, minor injuries and urgent care unit, Bodmin Hospital, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Cornwall, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To refresh your knowledge of the signs and symptoms of asthma, as well as how it is treated

  • To be aware of various frameworks and tools that can be used when assessing, managing and prescribing medicines for patients

  • To recognise the legal, ethical and professional considerations when prescribing medicines for children

Asthma is a chronic condition of varying intensity that is characterised by symptoms including coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness. The article details a case study outlining the consultation and prescribing practice for a five-year-old girl who presented with a cough and breathlessness, and who was subsequently diagnosed with asthma. The author assessed and treated this patient while undertaking her non-medical prescribing qualification, and she outlines the diagnostic and prescribing decision-making process. The author also examines the potential drug interactions and adverse drug reactions relevant to the patient’s age and comorbidities.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2022.e2148

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Inniss LJ (2022) Independent prescribing for a child with a first diagnosis of asthma: a case study. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2022.e2148

Published online: 15 December 2022

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