The pulmonary index. Assessment of a clinical score for asthma.

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We used a clinical score, the pulmonary index (PI), in the emergency room assessment of children with acute asthma. The PI was derived from respiratory rate, wheezing, inspiratory-expiratory ratio, and use of accessory muscles. Patients were treated with a beta-adrenergic drug and were assessed before and at 15-minute intervals after treatment using… (More)

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