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Chest compression first aid for respiratory arrest due to acute asphyxic asthma
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    prevalence of sudden death in asthma

    The case Dr. Alzetta describes is similar to the ones I described. Although these cases are rare in any one location and undocumented especially after death I believe that taken nationally they are of significant numbers. The evidence lies in a paper written to discover the cause of the dramatic increase in asthma deaths in the sixties by Speizer, Doll et al. They studied all the deaths in England and Wales for six cons...

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    Another case of asthma near death averted by chest compression

    The article by Dr. Harrison reminds me of a similar case I treated years ago. A young adult with no prior history of asthma had the first, violent attack of asthma at home and went into respiratory arrest during transport to the emergency service of the small hospital I was working in at the time. The patient arrived unconscious but with carotid pulse still present. The thorax was obviously hyperexpanded and immediate intubati...

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