Asthma patients die due to poor basic care
New report finds asthma patients are dying – from poor basic care and failure to recognise life is at risk.
Published on World Asthma Day, A National Review of Asthma Deaths found:
- prescribing errors in 47% of asthma deaths and
- potential for improvement in care received by 83% of those who died.
The UK has one of the highest asthma death rates in Europe, with the latest data showing they are rising.
- 3 people die from asthma every day, and
- Every 10 seconds someone suffers from a potentially life-threatening attack.
Royal College of Physicians (RCP) experts identified “major avoidable factors” in 2 of 3 of asthma deaths examined.
While patients are receiving inadequate information, education and advice on managing asthma, medics are failing to spot key signs pointing to patients not managing their condition well. …more