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Different interpretations of British Thoracic Society guidelines on the emergency self-management of asthma in children
  1. Margaret Graham1,
  2. Keith Brownlee1,
  3. Tim Lee1,
  4. Kate Kubie2
  1. 1
    Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK
  2. 2
    Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, UK
  1. Margaret Graham, Children’s Day Hospital, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK; Margaret.Graham{at}

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British Thoracic Society (BTS) guidelines on the management of asthma were first published in 1990 and are regularly updated.1 The most recent update recommends that personalised asthma action plans are offered to all patients with asthma.

Such plans should describe the appropriate action to be taken when asthma symptoms worsen. Bronchodilator medication, in the form of β2 agonist, should be administered. However, it is very important that help is …

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