EDs play an important role in the care of children with asthma. ED clinicians often treat families who don’t have a consistent relationship with a primary care provider. Given this opportunity, it’s essential that all members of the pediatric ED health care team be informed, educated, and updated on the latest asthma treatment guidelines to ensure best practice and high quality outcomes.

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In this month’s Emergency column, “Managing Pediatric Asthma Exacerbations in the ED” (which will be free for the next six months), three nurses at Children’s Hospital Boston present a composite case, review the evidence regarding treatment options, describe practices at their own hospital and asthma treatment guidelines, and emphasize the crucial importance ED nurses can play in making sure these children don’t end up back in the ED because of lack of follow-up care or poor care in the home.

Have a look and let us know what you’re doing to make sure you’re not just putting out fires when you treat a child with asthma in the ED.—JM, senior editor

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