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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

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Download our fact sheet to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on asthma.

This fact sheet has the #withconsumers tick from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Asthma is a common medical condition that affects the small airway passages of the lungs. More than 600,000 Victorians have asthma including one in four children, one in seven teenagers and one in 10 adults.

During an asthma attack, the lining of the airways swell, there is a build-up of mucus (phlegm) and the muscles around the airways tighten. This causes a narrowing of the airways (bronchoconstriction) and makes it difficult to breathe.

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Page last updated: 15 Jan 2021

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