The therapy of status asthmaticus is elaborated in some detail including the use of adequate hydration, bronchodilators, antibiotics, and corticosteroids. This is dealt with only briefly in introducing the rest of the discussion.
When the patient in status asthmaticus does not respond to the above-mentioned therapy, the proper diagnosis and management become critical. Careful monitoring of the arterial blood gases, establishing an adequate airway, and the use of different types of mechanical ventilators are discussed in detail.
Descriptions of the types of airways to be produced, the types of mechanical aids, nursing, and team care are emphasized in detail.