Contemporary approach to the emergency department management of pediatric asthma

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2002 Feb;20(1):115-38. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8627(03)00054-3.


Asthma continues to be an enormous health problem and economic burden in US society. EDs probably will continue to provide a substantial amount of care for those affected by the disease. Pediatric asthma patients frequently are encountered in EDs. Emergency physicians must remain current in their approach to providing expert care while the management of acute asthma exacerbations continues to evolve, older therapies are challenged and new therapies are developed, tested, and implemented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use
  • Ambulatory Care / methods
  • Asthma / diagnosis
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Emergency Medical Services / methods*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Humans
  • Neurotransmitter Agents / therapeutic use
  • Precipitating Factors
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • United States


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Neurotransmitter Agents