The impact of national guidelines on the assessment and management of acute paediatric asthma presenting at a tertiary children's emergency department

Ben C Reynolds, Thomas F Beattie, Steve Cunningham

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Recent Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network/British Thoracic Society guidelines have highlighted best practice for asthma management. This study examines asthma management in a paediatric emergency setting before and after the publication of these guidelines.

OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network/British Thoracic Society guidelines on asthma management.

METHODS: Retrospective review of patient notes over two equivalent 2-month periods in 2002 and 2003. Main outcomes were documentation of clinical history, examination, investigation, treatment and discharge; and also the use of various treatment modalities in each case.

RESULTS: One hundred and sixty-four children presented with asthma, 100 in 2002 and 64 in 2003. Documentation was adequate throughout, though better when nursing staff were responsible. Completeness of documentation was not related to seniority or discipline of medical staff. Measurement of peak flow was poor in both years. The 'doubling up' of inhaled steroid dose for acute episodes was the only aspect of management affected by publication of the guidelines, with significantly fewer patients receiving this in 2003 (P<0.0001).

CONCLUSIONS: Documentation within the centre is good but has potential for improvement. Guidelines have not impacted on this except when explicit statements are made regarding treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-6
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

Keywords

  • Acute Disease
  • Asthma
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Management Audit
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Prednisolone
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Scotland

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