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Bronchodilator Therapy in Status Asthmaticus

John G. Teeter, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Baltimore, MD 
 ,  Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Correspondence to: John G. Teeter, MD, FCCP, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 10 South Pine Street, 800 MSTF, Baltimore, MD 21201; e-mail: jteeter@umaryland.edu



Chest. 1999;115(4):911-912. doi:10.1378/chest.115.4.911
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Preventing exacerbations of bronchospasm is one of the main goals of the management of chronic asthma.1 Despite this therapeutic goal, emergency department (ED) visits for acute bronchospasm/status asthmaticus continue to be an important clinical problem. The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there were more than 1.8 million ED visits for status asthmaticus in 1995.2 In 1994, approximately $348 million was spent providing care to acutely ill asthmatics in EDs.3 Because of this common and expensive aspect of asthma care, better treatment strategies are needed to improve outcomes and to reduce the morbidity and expense associated with status asthmaticus.


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