Theodore A. Omachi, MD, MBA


Identifying the predictors of asthma-related death

October 23, 2008

Death caused by asthma is not traditionally thought to be especially common, but it is important to note that asthma often plays a contributing and probably unrecognized role even if it is not often listed as the cause of death on a death certificate. Because early response to asthma exacerbations can make a crucial difference, it is important to develop patient action plans in the outpatient setting well before an attack occurs. However, since busy clinicians must prioritize their educational efforts, identifying who is most at risk for death from asthma is all the more important.