Determine the risk factors

According to a New Zealand study, asthma attacks that could lead to death would primarily affect men. The risk would be 64% higher than that of women. It would increase with age and would also be linked to poor treatment.

Sex, age ... and some neglect

While some asthma attacks may sometimes require hospital treatment, there are some signs of seriousness that can lead to in-patient management of resuscitation. These are the Aigus Graves Asthma, responsible in the United States for 1,500 to 2,000 deaths a year.

The New Zealand team of Dr. John Kolbe * has attempted to determine the risk factors that may predispose certain asthmatics to such, sometimes fatal, seizures. Physicians compared 77 patients admitted to this type of illness with the 239 asthmatics received in the general rooms of the Green Land Hospital in Auckland. The aim of this survey is to improve management of admission to asthma emergencies in hospitals.

Through a questionnaire submitted 24 to 48 hours after hospitalization, researchers examined the clinical, socio-occupational characteristics, level of access to care services, possible inadequate treatment of the disease or poor management of Crisis ...

Researchers found a higher proportion of men among acute asthma victims compared to the control group. The estimated risk was 64% higher for men. It would also increase very slightly with age.

Finally, the management of their asthma appears different in those who may be fatal: fewer people used a corticosteroid inhaler during the two weeks before the attack, and many more did not use their inhaler properly during The crisis.

The discovery of these negligences in the long-term treatment of asthma reinforces the need for better information for asthmatics, but also for their entourage and healthcare workers.

* Thorax, 2000 Dec; 55 (12): 1007-15