Initial nursing care of an acute asthma attack

  1. Hi all, i require a little assistance with the initial assessment of a patient with acute asthma

    I am just a little confused with the nursing care i need to put it in order of clinical priority.

    I realize i need to follow the ABCDEFG algorithm. Just i am not sure exactly what exactly should i administer oxygen therapy. Do i administer oxygen as soon as i have assessed his airway? and when do i start to give pharmacology medications such as nebulizing the patient? all help would be appreciated

    thank you in advance
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  3. by   Stephalump
    My guess would be meds first. 02 won't do much with closed airways.
  4. by   Esme12
    Welcome to AN! The largest online nursing community!

    Priority depends on each individual situation. It the person isn't breathing at all giving a neb will not help. Oxygen is important but without a patent airway O2 will not do any good.

    YOu need to be a little more specific for us to know how best to help.