Thunderstorm Asthma

It was only after it settled down that we realised what we had achieved. In a 24 hour period our emergency department would typically see around 200 patients. During “Thunderstorm Asthma,” over a 12-hour period between 7pm and 7 am we treated 296 patients; 208 of them had respiratory symptoms. Of these patients 170 went home, 36 were admitted including four that went to the intensive care unit. The peak occurred at 9pm, when 43 patients arrived in an hour.  It wasn’t until 2am before our numbers dropped below 20 an hour.

Source: Thunderstorm asthma: ‘It was like a war zone,’ emergency doctor says

Here`s why.

Source: Thunderstorm asthma – Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

Treating Asthma in Older Women | Physician’s Weekly

Among older individuals, women are significantly more likely than men to report having asthma and also have a  30% higher asthma-related mortality rate. In addition, women are nearly twice as likely to visit the emergency department for asthma when compared with men. Older women have been shown to have the highest hospitalization rates among all people with asthma (Figure). “However, little is known regarding why older women are more likely to suffer from the adverse events of asthma,” says Alan P. Baptist, MD, MPH. To better understand the specific issues that are unique to older women with asthma, Dr. Baptist and colleagues conducted a literature review and published their findings in Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology.

via Treating Asthma in Older Women | Physician’s Weekly.