Status Asthmaticus Guidelines

Updated: Mar 03, 2017
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Guidelines

Guidelines Summary

There are no specific guidelines for managing status asthmaticus. The use of beta-agonists (via inhalation nebulizer or intravenous treatment), intravenous corticosteroids, and, in extreme cases, mechanical ventilation have been alluded to in previous sections.

The most important guideline is prevention. Adherence to the guidelines of the National Heart-Lung and Blood Institute in the management of asthma in an outpatient setting results in future prevention of recurrent attacks of status asthmaticus. This has been studied by Miller at al [61] ; adherence to an asthma protocol resulted in less usage of rescue bronchodilator and systemic corticosteroid therapy.