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Nursing Care in Patients with Brittle Asthma
Pages 6 (1506 words)
Nursing Care in Patients with Brittle Asthma Death is a common phenomenon in health care facilities especially those which caters to the needs of elderly and chronically ill patients. Yet the familiarity of this concept still brings chaos to psychosocial and emotional behaviours of both the carer and the patient.
These circumstances influenced the creation of this paper where the author will discuss chronic asthma, emerging issues relative to the disease, and nursing approach to the identified issues to facilitate nursing care. Asthma attacks take the life of over 1,100 patients every year (Anderson 2007) and 0.05% of this population comprises of patients who suffered from brittle asthma (Ayres 1998). Brittle asthma is a phenotype classification of asthma coined by Turner-Warwick in 1977 as an asthmatic condition with maintained wide variation in peak expiratory flow (PEF) despite high doses of inhaled steroids. After Turner-Warwick’s revelation sprung several more definition from authors who aims to give the condition a more precise identity. Garden and Ayres (1993) claim that a more concise manner to define it would be “patients with a defined and persistent marked diurnal variation in PEF despite multiple drug treatment.” Nevertheless, this implies a chronic illness with no effective treatment available leaving the patient filled with pain and suffering from dyspnoea. Ayres (1998, p.315) classified brittle asthma into two. ...
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