University of Sydney research into acute severe asthma
Exploring new ways to treat acute asthma
Asthma is responsible for the deaths of 450 Australians every year. Patients presenting to the Emergency Department with severe acute asthma are normally discharged to the care of their GP, where it’s unlikely that further investigation and assessment of the causes of the presentation will be done. The University of Sydney is about to undertake a study which will recruit these patients and follow them in the weeks following an acute attack.
Using modern technology to manage asthma better
New technologies now allow us to monitor these patients' recovery and daily lung function from their own home. A recently developed electronic device allows us to understand the severity of their asthma, and more importantly, to alert both patients and their doctors’ to worsening asthma symptoms and the risk of further acute attacks.
Identifying when intervention is required
The electronic device measures lung function, then sends data to the hospital’s central server for daily analysis. The University of Sydney study, led by Dr Professor Greg King, will determine whether this data can be used to create an algorithm for each patient which shows what “normal” is for them, and raises an alarm when a patient’s asthma has worsened and needs intervention. The key principle of this study is the use of modern technology to manage asthma better. A lack of advancements and innovations in respiratory medicine means we still don’t have the tools we need to see the warning signs in a severe asthma patient.
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Please support the University of Sydney's research into recovery from acute severe asthma, currently led by Professor Greg King. Large or small, every gifts matters and could make an impact on asthma sufferers and their families. If you are not in a position to give, you can still help by sharing our project with your friends and family through social media and your networks. Thank you.
Dr Professor Greg King is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Sydney and runs the Severe Asthma Clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital. His research focuses on the physiology and assessment of airways diseases including asthma and COPD.