Asthma Resources

09 August 2019

The importance of an asthma review at least annually is clearly evidenced by guidelines and, importantly, was highlighted in the ‘National Review of Asthma Deaths’ report as an opportunity for assessment and education that could help prevent asthma deaths (Royal College of Physicians [RCP], 2014). Community nurses are in an ideal position to ensure that all patients with asthma have reviews. This article aims to clearly set out what these should include, give practical advice as to how to carry out an asthma UHYLHZDQGZK\WKHGLͿHUHQWHOHPHQWVRIDQDVWKPDUHYLHZ are important. 

Topics:  Self-management
09 February 2017

Every 10 seconds someone in the UK has a potentially lifethreatening asthma attack and three people die every day from the condition. Tragically, evidence shows two-thirds of these deaths could be prevented by using some key elements of basic care. Also, many of these deaths occur in people with mild or moderate asthma, the kind that can be managed in primary care and with daily self-management.

Topics:  Asthma

Amira Obeid outlines the management of a seven year old girl who presented in general practice with a history of night cough, wheezing and a tight chest.

Topics:  Education

Jacinta Meighan-Davies and Helen Parnell discuss the rising incidence of allergic asthma in the UK and the challenges this poses for community nurses and patients.

Emma Fawcett is a practice nurse in a GP surgery with 103 people on the asthma register. The clients are invited (at least) annually for an asthma review. In the previous 12 months, only 43 of them have accepted this invitation and attended for review. This article will attempt to review and critically evaluate the available evidence and compare this to an individual practice area.
Emma Fawcett RGN, DipN., BSc (Hons) is a practice nurse in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Article accepted for publication: January 2007