Asthma exacerbations in North American adults: Who are the "frequent fliers" in the emergency department?
Emergency Service, Hospital
High NEDV is associated with characteristics that may help with identification of "frequent fliers" in the ED. A better understanding of these characteristics may advance ongoing efforts to decrease asthma health-care disparities, including differential access to primary asthma care. National guidelines recommend specific ED treatments then referral to a PCP. Although longitudinal care is surely important, attempts to reduce frequent ED asthma visits may be better directed toward more specific preventive and educational needs.