What is asthma treatment like at the ER?

The goal of asthma treatment is to avoid asthma attacks . The airways are chronically inflamed in people with asthma. An asthma attack occurs when the airway becomes narrower than usual, causing severe breathing problems. With the superior care you’ll receive at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, you’ll know how to avoid your asthma triggers and use your medications properly. But if you ever do require emergency care for an asthma attack, we’re always here to help.

Know when to go to the ER
When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear from one of the highly skilled emergency medicine physicians at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. He recommends seeking emergency care if you suffer an asthma attack and don’t have a rescue inhaler. You should also go to the ER if you must use your rescue inhaler more than three times in one hour, without relief of your symptoms.

Receive fast-acting medications
The emergency care team will need to know about all of the medications you’ve already taken. It’s likely that you’ll be asked to use a nebulizer. This machine turns fast-acting asthma medicines into a mist that you can easily inhale.

Sometimes, the doctor will recommend corticosteroids. If you’re able to swallow, you can take this medicine by mouth. Otherwise, you’ll receive it intravenously.

Stay on oxygen therapy
Severe asthma attacks may require oxygen therapy. Oxygen therapy will keep air flowing into your lungs while the medications work to get the episode under control.

Be admitted to the hospital
If your symptoms subside, you’ll likely be monitored for a few hours before being discharged. Persistent symptoms may require hospital admittance. Very severe asthma attacks might lead to a stay in the intensive care unit.

At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we understand that it can be frightening to be rushed to our ER with a serious medical problem. Our entire team—from our emergency care physicians to our Guest Services Department—continually strives to deliver healthcare excellence within a comforting setting. Call 911 for emergency help, or chat with a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300 for non-emergent questions.

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