Children's Hospital Colorado

Asthma Exacerbation Management Clinical Pathway

The Asthma Exacerbation Management clinical pathway offers guidance for evaluating and treating patients who come to an outpatient clinic, emergency department or hospital due to an acute asthma attack.

Asthma affects one in 12 children in the United States, making it the most prevalent chronic disease among children. It's also a leading reason children visit the emergency department or get admitted to the hospital annually. Implementing asthma pathways has proven to reduce hospital stays and enhance the quality of care for children admitted for asthma-related issues.

The objectives of this pathway include:

  • Defining an asthma exacerbation in children 12 months and older  
  • Outline evidence-based practice specific to asthma exacerbation management in outpatient, emergency and inpatient settings
  • Outlining steps for escalation of care
  • Formalize discharge planning for children with asthma

Asthma exacerbation clinical pathways

About our asthma exacerbation clinical pathways

  • Asthma Exacerbation Management clinical pathway offers best practice recommendations seen in the emergency department, outpatient clinic and inpatient admissions for acute asthma exacerbations.
  • The pathway uses the best available evidence to offer a standardized approach for diagnosing and treating this common pediatric disease.
  • A multidisciplinary team of experts created the pathway, including primary care, hospital and emergency medicine providers, pulmonologists, pharmacists, nurses, and respiratory therapists.

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