Epinephrine and its use in acute life-threatening asthma in adults

Epinephrine (adrenaline) is commonly used by paramedics in a range of clinical scenarios. Its role in cardiac arrest scenarios is well established, but the indications for use in acute severe or life-threatening asthma are less well defined. This article reviews the evidence for the use of epinephrine in acute severe asthma and uses a case study to highlight some of the potential side-effects that clinicians need to be aware of.

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