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Many children receive no discharge plan after admission for severe asthma

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 29 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6403
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Children admitted to hospital with severe asthma attacks generally receive “very effective and efficient” treatment and care, but more attention must be given to asthma education and review at discharge to help prevent future attacks and readmission, says a national audit by the British Thoracic Society.

The society’s National Paediatric Asthma Audit,1 published on 29 November, reviewed data on more than 5500 children over the age of 1 admitted with severe asthma attacks to 153 UK hospitals in November 2015 and found that most aspects of discharge from hospital were less than optimal.

Some 15% of the children were readmitted to hospital by 31 …

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