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Inhaled Corticosteroid Prescribing From the Emergency Department for Children With Asthma

Shedd, Glenn Clinton DNP, FNP-BC; Evans, Dian Dowling PhD, FNP-BC

Section Editor(s): Howard, Patricia Kunz PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN; Column Editor; Shapiro, Susan E. PhD, RN, FAAN; Column Editor

doi: 10.1097/TME.0b013e31826e4bb9
Research to Practice

In the article “Frequency of Prescription of Inhaled Corticosteroids to Children With Asthma in U.S. Emergency Departments,” the authors conducted a secondary data analysis from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey database to examine inhaled corticosteroid prescribing patterns of providers caring for children with asthma visiting emergency departments. We review and critique this article and use a case study module to illustrate the importance of the research findings and how they relate to practice in the emergency department in light of current national guidelines for managing asthma exacerbations.

Department of Family and Community Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Corresponding Author: Glenn Clinton Shedd, DNP, FNP-BC, Department of Family and Community Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, 1520 Clifton Rd NE, Ste 326, Atlanta, GA 30322 (gshedd@emory.edu).

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.