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Keywords

Asthma, Respiratory disease, Status asthmaticus, Severe asthma

 

Authors

  1. Sims, Jennifer M. RN, MSN, ARNP, CCRN

Abstract

Asthma is a disease characterized by reversible airflow obstruction and airway hyperresponsiveness. This disease accounts for thousands of hospitalizations each year. Critical care nurses play an important role in the management of acute asthma and in the prevention of acute exacerbations. This article presents an overview of asthma, its pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, and management.