Treatment of acute asthma exacerbations is usually based on a clinical scoring system, which are not able to be performed used for small children. However, there is a method called Oscillometry that uses a handheld device to meaure respiration. Oscillometry has an objectivity that other assessments of lung function lack. Studies also suggest that it is able to produce accurate results in children in ouitpatient care. However, there have not been many evaluations of the effectiveness of Oscillometry in an ED setting. This study aims to determine wheter or not Oscillometry is feasible in the emergency department.
Study was performed on 20 children between the age of 4 and 18 who had been admitted to an ED for acute asthma exacerbations. Assessments of vital signs, pulmonary asthma score, and Repiritory Impedence were collected with Oscillometry three times: Before treatment, immediately after treatment, and two hours after treatment.
The results of the stude deomonstrate that Oscillometry is feasible, responsive, and safe for children who are admitted to the Emergency Department for acute asthma exacerbations.
Asthma, Oscillometry, acute asthma
Nidhya Navanandan, Katharine L Hamlington, Rakesh D Mistry, Stanley J Szefler, Andrew H Liu, Oscillometry for acute asthma in the pediatric emergency department, Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. (2020) DOI: 10.1016/j.anai.2020.07.002