If you require admission for the treatment of an asthma exacerbation, you will likely receive intravenous steroids and supplemental oxygen. In addition, you may need breathing treatments via nebulized medications or an inhaler. Typically, you will need to stay in the hospital 2-5 days, with transition to oral steroids at discharge. You may be discharged home with supplemental oxygen via oxygen tank and nasal cannula as indicated.
Your vital signs will be obtained by either a CNA or registered nurse every 4 hours. The doctor or medical provider caring for you will review these daily.
Laboratory studies should be obtained daily to include a completed blood count, metabolic panel, and a coagulation panel (to assess the status of your infection, your electrolytes, and to review for bleeding risks). A phlebotomist or the nurse will obtain blood samples every morning. The doctor or medical provider caring for you will review these daily.
Radiographic images of your lungs by a chest x-ray or a CT scan may be necessary based on the severity of the asthma exacerbation.