Bolton health chiefs 'saddened' by 'avoidable' asthma deaths

The Bolton News: Bolton health chiefs 'saddened' by 'avoidable' asthma deaths Bolton health chiefs 'saddened' by 'avoidable' asthma deaths

BOLTON health chiefs say they are “saddened” by the findings of a damning report into asthma deaths.

Experts identified “major avoidable factors” in two thirds of asthma deaths due to patients receiving inadequate information, education and advice on managing their condition.

Meanwhile medical staff are failing to spot key signs which point to patients not managing their conditions well.

These factors are leading to a large number of deaths which could otherwise have been prevented, the report says.

In the UK, three people die from asthma every day, and every 10 seconds someone suffers from a potentially life-threatening attack.

Experts from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) examined 195 asthma deaths, including those of 28 children.

They identified at least one “major potential avoidable factor” in 67 per cent of the cases.

Dr Stephen Liversedge, clinical director for primary care and health improvement at NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The conclusions of this report are saddening.

“The severity of asthma symptoms varies from person to person, but it can be controlled well in most people most of the time.

"In our borough, NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group has introduced a best care standard for asthma in all practices.

“This includes care plans and inhaler techniques, as well as an assessment of how well a patient’s asthma is controlled.

“I strongly urge everyone with asthma to follow the guidance of a GP or practice team and always ask if they are unsure of what they should be doing.”

The review found that many of the patients who died had excessively used their reliever inhalers in the months running up to their deaths — indicating that they were not managing their disease well.

GP Dr Mark Levy, the RCP’s clinical lead for the report, added: “It is very sad that people are not aware that asthma can kill.

“Doctors, patients and their families failed to recognise life-threatening danger signs of asthma.”

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9:46am Wed 7 May 14

oftbewildered2 says...

My late mother died as the result of an asthma attack - I felt the medical team just gave up on her. She did not live in the Bolton area. However, I cannot fault the wonderful team at Peter House - they have their fingers on the pulse and they have turned my life round by identifying problems etc. and prescribing the correct medication. I have to play my part of course in taking care of myself - and this is the important part. Whatever you are suffering from, it is a two-way contract to manage it. It is not just a case of taking the medication - often there has to be lifestyle changes. Having written this, I do of course realise just how vulnerable children are. Everyone needs to be aware of the potential for death - from 999 call handlers to GP receptionists, to teachers and youth workers. Even workplace first aiders - everyone.
My late mother died as the result of an asthma attack - I felt the medical team just gave up on her. She did not live in the Bolton area. However, I cannot fault the wonderful team at Peter House - they have their fingers on the pulse and they have turned my life round by identifying problems etc. and prescribing the correct medication. I have to play my part of course in taking care of myself - and this is the important part. Whatever you are suffering from, it is a two-way contract to manage it. It is not just a case of taking the medication - often there has to be lifestyle changes. Having written this, I do of course realise just how vulnerable children are. Everyone needs to be aware of the potential for death - from 999 call handlers to GP receptionists, to teachers and youth workers. Even workplace first aiders - everyone. oftbewildered2
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1:27pm Wed 7 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Quote: Experts identified “major avoidable factors” in two thirds of asthma deaths due to patients receiving inadequate information, education and advice on managing their condition. Unquote.

I find this not only to be demeaning to people who have Asthma but also to be blatant spouting of pass the buck lies.

What people need is a crackdown on the polluting energy companies and oil/gas corporations. People sneer at those that smoke, when in FACT it is the environment that is the single biggest killer - the pollution on this humble rock may not be as bad as in China, but we do have the option to get rid of the polluting vehicles and manufacturing processing via greener viable options that would produce a much cheaper supply of fuel/electricity etc.

The oil corporations suppress, buy up the licences and patents, and hold you all to ransom with the cost of living, driving and manufacturing - they are quick to pass the buck onto other sources such as people, when it all boils down to cash and profit for some a$$hole who give not two shytes about you, me, the planet or even his/her own family. The government is no better.
Quote: Experts identified “major avoidable factors” in two thirds of asthma deaths due to patients receiving inadequate information, education and advice on managing their condition. Unquote. I find this not only to be demeaning to people who have Asthma but also to be blatant spouting of pass the buck lies. What people need is a crackdown on the polluting energy companies and oil/gas corporations. People sneer at those that smoke, when in FACT it is the environment that is the single biggest killer - the pollution on this humble rock may not be as bad as in China, but we do have the option to get rid of the polluting vehicles and manufacturing processing via greener viable options that would produce a much cheaper supply of fuel/electricity etc. The oil corporations suppress, buy up the licences and patents, and hold you all to ransom with the cost of living, driving and manufacturing - they are quick to pass the buck onto other sources such as people, when it all boils down to cash and profit for some a$$hole who give not two shytes about you, me, the planet or even his/her own family. The government is no better. Beyond News Forum
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