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Emergency Department Care of the Asthma Patient : Predicting “Bounce-Back” Patients

Joseph Varon, MD, FCCP; Robert E. Fromm, Jr., MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Houston, TX 
 ,  Dr. Varon is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Section and Dr. Fromm is Associate Professor of Medicine, Sections of Cardiology and Pulmonary and Critical Care, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Correspondence to: Joseph Varon, MD, FCCP, Department of Emergency Services, 6565 Fannin, M196, Houston, TX 77030; e-mail: jvaron@bcm.tmc.edu



Chest. 1999;115(4):909-911. doi:10.1378/chest.115.4.909-a
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Asthma is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, affecting approximately 14 million people.1 Acute asthma exacerbations account for 1 to 2 million emergency department (ED) visits, 450,000 hospital admissions, and 5,000 deaths every year. Unfortunately, the mortality rate from asthma is on the rise, despite more effective medications and better understanding of the pathophysiology of the disease. Deaths from acute asthma, many of which occur outside the hospital, reflect therapeutic failures at two different levels: failure of prophylaxis and failure in managing the acute attack.

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