When is hospitalization indicated for treatment of a patient with asthma?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Michael J Morris, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Indications for hospitalization are based on findings from the repeat assessment of a patient after the patient receives 3 doses of an inhaled bronchodilator. The decision whether to admit is based on the following:

  • Duration and severity of asthma symptoms

  • Severity of airflow obstruction

  • Course and severity of prior exacerbations

  • Medication use and access to medications

  • Adequacy of support and home conditions

  • Presence of psychiatric illness

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