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Why asthma still kills: the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD), 06/05/14 [E/NI/S/W]

The Royal College of Physicians has published a review which found that asthma sufferers are dying needlessly because of failings by GPs and health services.

Two thirds of deaths from the condition - including almost all of those involving children - might have been prevented.

The report 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

For full details see the Royal College of Physicians website.

Further Information

Why asthma still kills: the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD)