The Perioperative Management of Asthma
Richard Applegate, Ryan Lauer*, John Lenart, Jason Gatling and Marisa Vadi
Department of Anesthesiology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ryan Lauer
Department of Anesthesiology, Loma Linda University
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Received date: April 11, 2013; Accepted date: June 20, 2013; Published date: June 26, 2013
Citation: Applegate R, Lauer R, Lenart J, Gatling J, Vadi M (2013) The Perioperative Management of Asthma. J Aller Ther S11:007. doi: 10.4172/2155-6121.S11-007
Copyright: © 2013 Applegate R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Anesthesiologists encounter asthmatic patients routinely. This common disease frequently complicates the perioperative care of those patients who live with it and can occasionally lead to life-threatening complications. This review takes the anesthesiologist’s perspective to discuss asthma and how asthmatic patients can be safely guided through an anesthetic. We will discuss frequently used asthma medications, pre-operative disease optimization, management of intra-operative bronchospasm, and post-operative considerations for asthmatic patients. Anesthesiologists can make a positive difference in the outcomes of these patients with proper preoperative evaluation using a stepwise approach to disease management and by minimizing bronchoconstriction and effectively treating it when it develops.