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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
5th July 2016
Red flags for intensive care in patients with asthma
 
Illicit substance abuse and lower socioeconomic status indicate a higher risk for intensive care among patients hospitalized for asthma, says a new study published online June 18, 2016 in Respirology, the official journal of Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.

Researchers from Australia investigated 482 asthma patients admitted to a tertiary metropolitan hospital with a primary diagnosis of asthma between January 2010 and January 2014. Of these, 39 required intensive care. Twenty-six percent patients admitted to intensive care were found to use illicit drugs compared with only 7% of those admitted to the ward. For illicit users, nonadherence to preventer therapy was associated with an even higher risk of ICU admission. Socioeconomic index was lower in the group requiring intensive care admission.
 
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