97: Status Asthmaticus Part 2: Strategies to Manage the Crashing Asthmatic

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97: Status Asthmaticus Part 2: Strategies to Manage the Crashing Asthmatic

March 22, 2024

97: Status Asthmaticus Part 2: Strategies to Manage the Crashing Asthmatic

Part two of our crashing asthmatic series continues with a comprehensive look into what exactly happened in last week’s nightmare patient case. 

Host Sarah Lorenzini dives into the pathophysiology of status asthmaticus, explaining the physiological changes in the airways during severe asthma attacks and what makes these cases resistant to standard treatment. She also breaks down treat options for patients approaching the asthma spiral of death, from pharmacological interventions to last-resort interventions like ECMO.

This episode highlights the key role of nurses in the care of status asthmaticus, including the importance of recognizing the red flags like “silent chest” and managing patient anxiety.

Tune in to learn everything you need to know about caring for a crashing asthmatic!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The pathophysiology of asthma
  • Signs of asthma exacerbation
  • Treating a progression of asthma symptoms
  • The danger of silent chest
  • Advanced interventions for status asthmaticus 
  • Tips for sedation and intubation
  • Understanding your role as a nurse

Read this article that supports the use of magnesium for asthma:

Read this article that shows magnesium does not help in asthma cases:

….and there are so many more conflicting studies like these ☝️

Listen to Episode 73: Resuscitate Before You Intubate: How to NOT KILL YOUR PATIENT When You Intubate

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