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One hour to treat acute asthma exacerbations

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Patients over five years of age, presenting with a severe acute asthma exacerbation, must receive oral or intravenous steroids within an hour of presentation, NICE guidance states.

In its quality standard on the diagnosis and treatment of asthma in adults, young people and children age 12 months and older, it adds that adults with new onset asthma should be assessed for occupational causes; people with asthma should receive a structured review at least annually; and those with difficult asthma offered an assessment by a multidisciplinary difficult asthma service.

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