Okay, so let's wrap this up.
Asthma is a chronic disease process.
That means, it goes on and on and on.
It's not an acute event.
They have acute exacerbations but
it is a chronic disease process.
Underline the words:
Because I really wanna make sure
that you have a good understanding
that smooth muscle in the respiratory system
is what causes that bronchoconstriction
and really narrows those airways.
They were already narrow before
and it clamps down on 'em.
The inflammatory response is what causes all
that mucus and junk to fill up their airways.
So if we're gonna do really good care of
patients with respiratory problems like asthma,
need to make sure that the medication plan addresses
both inflammation and bronchoconstriction.
You have to know the difference.
For acute attacks, that you wanna prioritize
Short Acting Beta-2 Adrenergic Agonist.
So you need to be very careful that
even though they all end in -EROL,
you know which ones are
appropriate in a rescue attack.
So if we want to prevent attacks,
that's longer treatments
So we'll use LABAs, glucocorticoids,
or our oldest friend in
that list, Cromolyn.
Remember these are medications that will need
to be taken everyday, on a regular basis
and what go with those is to
prevent attacks from happening.
But I keep going back to that point,
don't forget, in an acute attack,
you need a short acting
beta-2 adrenergic agonist.
Well there you have it.
There's your introduction to the
medications that we can use
to save the lives of your respiratory
patients in an asthma attack.