Use of heliox for acute asthma in the emergency department

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Abstract

A short cut review was carried out to establish whether heliox is of benefit in patients with an exacerbation of asthma resistant to standard treatments. Eighteen papers were found using the reported search, of which one presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of this best paper are tabulated. A clinical bottom line is stated.

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