Clinical update

Asthma management: how nurses can help prevent attacks

British Thoracic Society and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network national guidance update
Asthma inhaler and medication. Picture: iStock

British Thoracic Society and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network national guidance update

Essential info

Asthma is a common chronic lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.

A total of 5.4 million people in the UK receive treatment for asthma, of which just over 1 million are children, according to Asthma UK. Every ten seconds, someone is having a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.

The charity's recent analysis of Office for National Statistics data found that deaths in England and Wales from asthma attacks are the highest they have been in the past decade and have increased by more than 33% in that time.

What’s new?

Asthma attack prevention is one of the key areas in updated national guidance on the management of asthma

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