Table 2

Assessment of acute wheeze

NumberPer cent
Do you assess and manage asthma and acute viral induced wheeze differently?
Which of the following do you use to classify episode as severe?*
 Can't complete sentences/too breathless to talk or feed18098.4
 Low oxygen saturations17796.7
 High respiratory rate15283.1
 High pulse rate13171.6
Do you class the episode as severe if?
 More than one, not necessarily all are present10657.9
 Any are present in isolation7239.3
 Only if all are present52.7
Does your department have a peak expiratory flow rate meter?
 Don't know116.0
If you have one, do you use it to determine severity?
  • *Values given in survey as per British Thoracic Society guidance.