This post answers a question related to the meaning of high-risk asthma. Read this post for basics about asthma triggers and symptoms. Read this post for basics about asthma control and treatment.
High-Risk Asthma Kills
These circumstances define a high risk asthmatic:
- A history of sudden severe asthma attacks
- Prior need to be intubated (placed on a respiratory aka breathing machine)
- Prior admission to a hospital ICU (intensive care unit)
- Greater than one admission or two ER visits in the past year
- An ER visit within the last month
- Needing to use two or more inhalers per month
- Current or recent oral steroid use
- Illicit drug use
- Concomitant cardiopulmonary or psychosocial disease
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