The charity Asthma UK has launched a resource pack for health professionals who work in settings where they are likely to encounter people having an asthma attack.
However, although the CSP has welcomed the materials, there are concerns that limited mention is made of the role of physiotherapy in assessment and treatment. The emergency asthma care pack has been sent to around 25,000 health professionals in primary and secondary care. It outlines the care asthma patients need from the moment they present with the condition through to follow-up and discharge arrangements. It also contains guidance on evidence-based standards of emergency asthma care, and other information including patient booklets, training slides and an audit tool. The pack has been sent to GP practices, accident and emergency departments, respiratory professionals, directors of public health, and chief executives of acute, ambulance and primary care trusts. Sarah Keilty, a physiotherapy consultant who specialises in respiratory and critical care at Guy's and St Thomas' trust, was asked to provide input into the materials. However, she said she was disappointed that the role of physiotherapy had not been given more prominence in the final documents. FURTHER INFORMATION The pack is available at www.asthma.org.uk
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