Asthma Case Study
After completing the sections below, you should be able to:
- list different ways asthma is diagnosed.
- explain how a proper forced expiratory test is to be performed.
- list the 3 primary pathologic reactions during as asthmatic episode.
- differentiate the two types of asthma.
- recognize chest x-ray changes seen with asthma.
- recognize the signs and symptoms of asthma.
- describe some of the equipment necessary for an exercise test.
- discuss why and how a bronchoprovocation test is done.
- discuss which values are most often used when testing for asthma.
- recommend the appropriate drug therapy of an asthmatic patient for chronic treatment or for an acute attack.
- recognize the commonly used bronchodilation agents.
- list the side effects related to the different asthma medications.
- Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Asthma Education Program, Expert Panel Report 3, 2007. Latest Update and NHLBI Asthma Site
- Marino, P. The ICU Book.Lea & Febiger. Philadelphia. 1991.
- Ruppel, G. Manual of Pulmonary Function Testing - 6th ed. Mosby. St. Louis. 1994.
- JAMA Asthma Information Center
- ALA/ATS International Conference, April 1998
- Wenzel, SE. Antileukotriene drugs in the management of asthma. JAMA. 1998; 280 (24); 2068-2069.
- Barnes PJ, IM Adcock, How do corticosteroids work in asthma. Ann Intern Med. 2003; 139 (5: Part 1): 359-370.
Another CEU opportunity from the AARC website