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Has anyone else had a similar experience of ITU intervention?

Long story cut short within the last month I was diagnosed with asthma. Within 36 hours of diagnosis, I experienced my first A&E visit with asthma, unable to speak. Wheeze. SOB. Cough etc. Discharged after nebulizer and 36 hours later presented again with similar symptoms and was admitted. Four days later during this admission, I needed ITU intervention and intubation.

Has anyone else had a similar experience?

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  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    Hi mullann and thanks for your post. I see there has been no reply (as yet). From my own perspective, I have two questions.
    The first is, what is “A & E”? I’m sorry but I don’t recognize the term.
    The second is, what does the acronym “ITU” stand for?
    Thanks,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • mullann author
    7 months ago

    Hi Leon. Sorry for confusion A&E is same as ER and ITU is intensive therapy unit (ICU)

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    Hi mullann and thanks so much for responding to this. No real confusion, so really no need for an apology at all – I appreciate you clarifying this personally. Warm regards, Leon (site moderator)

  • krishwaecosse
    7 months ago

    In the UK A&E stands for Accident and Emergency. It’s the equivalent of the Emergency Room or ER.
    ITU stands for intensive treatment unit. Having lived in both Scotland and the US I’m familiar with both terms

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    Thanks, krishwaecosse and, like Lyn, I’m grateful for the explanation. We appreciate you taking the time to clarify the terms. Warmly, Leon (site moderator)

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    Thank you for clarifying that, krishwaecosse. I had the same questions as Leon, so that was very helpful. – Lyn (site moderator)

  • Shellzoo
    7 months ago

    Leon I am guessing here but I think A&E is the equivalent of ER and ITU would be similar to an intensive care unit.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    Hi Shellzoo and thanks – I was thinking the very same thing! It would be best (from my perspective) to get clarification from mullann directly. Again, thanks for chiming in! Leon (site moderator)

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