A 12-month review has been launched with a view to reducing the number of asthma deaths in the UK.
Led by the Royal College of Physicians, the project will collect details on asthma deaths, both in hospitals and in the community, to identify ways to improve care and save lives.
Any suspected asthma death between now and January 31st 2013 should be reported to the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) team, along with all relevant information for analysis.
The review will be led by Dr Mark Levy, who said: ‘For 50 years, research has shown that the majority of asthma deaths are potentially preventable.
‘This first UK National Review of Asthma Deaths offers clinicians and sufferers an opportunity to learn from these sad events and find ways of improving care for people with asthma in the future.’
Neil Churchill, chief executive officer of Asthma UK, emphasised the importance of the review, noting that the UK has a higher death rate from the condition than other similar countries.
‘This review will establish any patterns and risk factors that will help us prevent asthma deaths in the future,’ he added.
Asthma UK recently launched a new online test which enables people to quickly assess whether they are at risk of an asthma attack.