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Asthma Deaths: Are They Preventable?

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Asthma deaths have increased 11% between 1979 and 1982. Asthma is not a terminal condition; therefore, by definition, many of these deaths are preventable. A literature survey indicates the major causes of death from asthma to be four: 1) delays in getting/receiving appropriate care, 2) medication misuse, underuse, overuse, interaction and toxic effects, 3) receiving inappropriate care: sedation, insufficient corticosteroids, and 4) other risk factors: nocturnal asthma/morning dippers, labile and hyperresponsive airways, and infection among others. Several possible preventive measures are discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 1986

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

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    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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