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Recognising and Managing Asthma Attacks for Medical Doctors

Speciality Classification
Medical Doctors
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Education for Health, NHS England


This session provides an overview of asthma attacks including the initial assessment and management as well as recommendations for follow-up by an asthma-trained healthcare professional.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • List the key measurements required to correctly assess asthma attacks
  • Discuss the initial management options for acute asthma
  • Identify situations where admission to hospital is required
  • Explain the role of the post-attack review and when it should take place


This is the fourth of five related sessions on the impact, diagnosis and management of asthma in adults.

In this session, we will look at the assessment measures and techniques of recoding that are necessary to maintain asthma control and ensure patient safety.

The session will also establish the role of the post-attack review and when it should take place.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you may wish to complete:

  • Introduction to Asthma and its Diagnosis (714-1001)
  • Overview of Routine Asthma Monitoring (714-1002)
  • Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Management of Asthma (714-1003)
Instructors / Speakers
Viv Marsh,
Clinical Lead for Asthma and Allergy, Education for Health

Viv has 25 years’ experience of clinical practice in the NHS in both primary and secondary care and joined Education for Health in 2013 as the Clinical Lead for Asthma and Allergy.

She believes that excellence in education for healthcare professionals is the key to improving health outcomes for people with asthma and allergy. Identifying people with poor disease control and helping them to improve their disease management through shared decision making and action planning is essential if we are to improve quality of life for people with asthma and allergy and prevent avoidable deaths. 

In addition to her educational role, Viv also works part time in primary care reviewing and managing patients with respiratory disease.

She has a number of additional professional interests including a role on the editorial board for a nursing journal, writing for publication and is a member of the Asthma UK Council for Health Professionals.

Viv is also on the committee for the National Paediatric Respiratory and Allergy Nurses Group, where she leads on primary care issues, and was a panellist on the National Review of Asthma Deaths.

Recognising and Managing Asthma Attacks for Medical Doctors
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Asthma and or COPD, Men's health, Respiratory Medicine, Women's health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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