National Review of Asthma Deaths




Shockingly, the National Review of Asthma Deaths shows that almost half of deaths could have been avoided with better routine care. It has identified prescribing errors of a horrifying scale and is a damning indictment of current routine practice. It also found that even people with mild asthma are at risk of a serious asthma attack and reinforces the need for vigilance in managing asthma.  
 
Every 10 seconds someone in the UK is having a potentially life threatening asthma attack. Asthma attacks kill 3 people each day and the UK has amongst the highest death rates from asthma in Europe. Most tragically many of these deaths could be prevented.
 
Asthma UK campaigned hard for a full-scale and UK-wide investigation of asthma deaths, and helped shape the National Review of Asthma Deaths project from the start.  We want to see leadership at every tier of the NHS across the UK to challenge the complacency about asthma and prevent life threatening asthma attacks.

Check Your Risk

Think it’s “just asthma”? Instead of taking chances, take control. Find out your risk of an asthma attack and how to reduce it.

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The Report

The National Review of Asthma Deaths is the first UK wide investigation into asthma deaths, published on 6 May 2014. It looked at deaths from asthma between 1 February 2012 and 31 January 2013.

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Asthma Care Toolkit

We can’t stop asthma deaths on our own. Here are some new free materials to reduce fatal asthma attacks for heathcare professionals.

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Get Support

The vast majority of asthma deaths could have been prevented, with better management and care. Our advice and resources are here to help you stay in control of your asthma. Why take the risk?

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Give us your word

Tell us in one word how you feel about having or witnessing an asthma attack. Your word, together with powerful words from others will raise awareness that asthma attacks can be deadly serious.

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Risky Business

We all take risks every single day. Sometimes these can pay off. But when it comes to asthma, ignoring your symptoms is one risk that’s never worth taking.

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