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Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children, and acute exacerbations of asthma are one of the most common reasons for children to seek emergency care and require urgent hospitalization. Approximately half to two-thirds of children with asthma who seek emergency care can be classified as having mild respiratory distress, and between 2 and 5% have severe respiratory distress; the remainder has moderate respiratory distress.

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Multimedia: Pediatric Respiratory Assessment Measure (PRAM) App [for iPhone]

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Ontario Lung Association

The Pediatric Respiratory Assessment Measure (PRAM) is a 12-point scoring system to objectively assess asthma severity and response to treatment in an acute care setting. Valid for use in patients 1 – 17 years of age, the PRAM score is used by many clinical pathways that guide health professionals in the acute assessment and management of asthmatic exacerbations in children and youth. Asthma severity is categorized by the following PRAM scores: Mild (0-3), Moderate (4-7) or Severe (8-12).

This PRAM app quickly calculates a PRAM score based on 5 clinical findings (oxygen saturation, suprasternal retractions, scalene muscle use, air entry and wheezing). The corresponding asthma severity and specific management is then provided, based on the Ontario Lung Association’s Pediatric Emergency Department Asthma Clinical Pathway.

Multimedia: Pediatric Respiratory Assessment Measure (PRAM) App [for Android]

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Ontario Lung Association

The Pediatric Respiratory Assessment Measure (PRAM) is a 12-point scoring system to objectively assess asthma severity and response to treatment in an acute care setting. Valid for use in patients 1 – 17 years of age, the PRAM score is used by many clinical pathways that guide health professionals in the acute assessment and management of asthmatic exacerbations in children and youth. Asthma severity is categorized by the following PRAM scores: Mild (0-3), Moderate (4-7) or Severe (8-12).
This PRAM app quickly calculates a PRAM score based on 5 clinical findings (oxygen saturation, suprasternal retractions, scalene muscle use, air entry and wheezing). The corresponding asthma severity and specific management is then provided, based on the Ontario Lung Association’s Pediatric Emergency Department Asthma Clinical Pathway.