The Emergency Department Asthma Care Pathway (EDACP) from the Ontario Lung Association and partners is a proactive tool that provides considerations for asthma management based on Asthma Guidelines.
The Emergency Department Asthma Care Pathway (EDACP) is an evidence-based, standardized approach to treating acute asthma exacerbations. The Adult EDACP is for those 16 years and older with a history of asthma, COPD with asthma, pregnancy and asthma, or previous episode of wheezing requiring treatment.
College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro+
This Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the McMaster University Continuing Health Sciences Program for up to 1 Mainpro+ credit.
One page introduction with inclusion/exclusion criteria and instructions.
To order a pocket reference guide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Guides are free for Ontario healthcare providers.
This optional medical directive was designed to help nurses, respiratory therapists or pharmacists initiate therapy to a patient to allow symptom relief while they await assessment by a physician, expecting to shorten a patient’s stay in the ED.
1 page summary of medications and dosing for both Emergency Department treatment, as well as typical discharge treatment plans.
Standard order sheets for asthma care pathway.
3 page summary document with discharge recommendations, follow-up instructions, quick facts about asthma, and education checklist.
This Clinical Pathway (A-EDACP) is not intended to set the standard of care applicable in any particular clinical situation. It is merely prepared as a guide to assist physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare providers, in deciding on the appropriate care required for a particular patient. At all times, physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare providers must exercise their independent clinical judgment, based on their knowledge, training and experience, taking into account the specific facts and circumstances of each patient, when deciding on the appropriate course of investigation and/or treatment to recommend in a particular clinical situation. Any reference throughout these resources to specific pharmaceutical products as examples does not imply endorsement of any of these products. The materials provided on this site are intended to be for healthcare providers only. Any other use of the materials is strictly prohibited.
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