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Emergency Department Asthma Care Pathway (EDACP)


Looking for a standardized approach to delivering evidence-based asthma care in your Emergency Department?  Consider implementing the Ontario Lung Association’s Emergency Department Asthma Care Pathway (EDACP). 

The EDACP is based on the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) asthma guidelines and other relevant clinical guidelines and literature, and is designed to promote:  appropriate assessment of the severity of the exacerbation; evidence-based asthma treatment; patient education prior to discharge; comprehensive discharge instructions; and, arrangements for follow-up care.

Adult EDACP:  for 16 years and older with a history of asthma, chronic obstruction pulmonary disease (COPD) with asthma or a previous episode of wheezing requiring treatment. 

Paediatric EDACP:  for children ages 1-17 years with a history of asthma or previous episode of wheezing requiring treatment. 

Access the Adult and Paediatric EDACP tools


The adult care pathway was developed with input from, and has been endorsed by:

  • Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP)
  • Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) – Ontario Branch
  • Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS)
  • Emergency Nurses’ Association of Ontario (ENAO)
  • Family Physicians Airways Group of Canada (FPAGC)
  • Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP)
  • Ontario Pharmacists’ Association (OPA)
  • Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS)
  • Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS)
  • Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
  • Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario (RTSO)

Expertise was also provided by the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO).
A special thank you is extended to the volunteer members of the
EDACP Steering Committee and Expert Content Working Groups:   Adult and Paediatric

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