Research Article

Edinburgh emergency asthma admission service.

Br Med J 1975; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5998.680 (Published 20 December 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;4:680
  1. G K Crompton,
  2. I W Grant

    Abstract

    In December 1968 an emergency service was set up in Edinburgh to enable patients with severe asthma to be admitted to hospital without delay. Up to 31 August 1975, 82 such patients had been admitted on 162 occasions, on 116 without the intervention of a general practitioner. The service is extended to patients particularly at risk of developing fatal asthma, and since it began no patient has died from asthma outside hospital. One patient, however, died from tension pneumothorax that developed after admission. We believe that similar services should be available throughout Britain.