If you work with children with Asthma or have children with Asthma this is a really interesting article published in the British Medical Journal in December 2014.
Asthma death rates in Australia are high compared with many other countries and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of deaths in Australia and internationally.’
In March 2014 the Australian Asthma Handbook is Australia’s national guidelines for asthma management was released. ‘It provides evidence-based, practical guidance for health professionals diagnosing and managing asthma in adults and children in primary care.
‘ Overuse of short-acting bronchodilators is internationally recognised as a marker of poor asthma control, high healthcare use and increased risk of asthma death.
The enclosed article from the Paediatric Research Journal ( Jan 14) discusses research undertaken in Australia at the University of Newcastle on school aged children with Asthma.
Did you know that the National Asthma Council Australia has released the new national asthma management guidelines for GPs, pharmacists and primary healthcare nurses for diagnosing and managing asthma.
We are not sure if you have these to refer to at your facilities. The booklet is an easy read and may be of use for staff reference. The booklet is produced by Asthma Help Australia.