Mortality in asthma patients undergoing mechanical ventilation

Reported mortalities vary considerably from 38 per cent to zero. We have reviewed 511 cases reported over the past three decades and have identified a crude mortality of 11 to 21 per cent, including patients who have suffered brain injury from cardiorespiratory arrest prior to ventilatory support. Exclusion of these latter cases reduces mortality to 16 per cent. Death in asthmatics receiving mechanical ventilation appears to be the result of barotrauma, hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, or sepsis.

Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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