Emergency Medical Treatment for Asthma
If you are in the emergency room, treatment will be started while the evaluation is still going on.
- You may be given oxygen through a face mask or a tube that goes in your nose.
- You may be given aerosolized beta-agonist medications through a face mask or a nebulizer, with or without an anticholinergic agent.
- Another method of providing inhaled beta-agonists is by using a metered dose inhaler or MDI. An MDI delivers a standard dose of medication per puff. MDIs are often used along with a "spacer" or holding chamber. A dose of six to eight puffs is sprayed into the spacer, which is then inhaled. The advantage of an MDI with a spacer is that it requires little or no assistance from the respiratory therapist.