You are caring for a 17 year old woman who has been admitted with acute exacerbation of asthma. Her peak flow readings are deteriorating and she is becoming wheezy. What would you do?
Sit her upright, listen to her chest and refer to the chest physiotherapist.
Suggest that the patient takes her Ventolin inhaler and continue to monitor the patient.
Undertake a full set of observations to include oxygen saturations and respiratory rate. Administer humidified oxygen, bronchodilators, corticosteroids and antimicrobial therapy as prescribed
Reassure the patient: you know from reading her notes that stress and anxiety often trigger her asthma.