Many asthma patients who passed away from their condition were excessively using their reliever inhaler in the months leading up to their deaths, a study has found.
The Royal College of Physicians said the heavy use suggested they were not managing their condition well.
They also found:
- Medics should have spotted that they were repeatedly prescribing these inhalers and taken action.
- Meanwhile one in 10 of those who died had been admitted to hospital for an acute asthma attack within four weeks of their death.
- The report found that 45% of those people who died following an asthma failed to call for help or obtain help during their attack and the vast majority of children died even before they reached hospital.
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