People with asthma are being encouraged to take a new online test to help them assess how at risk they are of having an asthma attack.
The online test called Triple A: Avoid Asthma Attacks, has been designed to help cut the number of deaths caused by asthma attacks. It also offers asthma sufferers advice on what they can do to reduce this risk of them having a serious attack.
Charity Asthma UK is behind the new site and claims around 75% of asthma-related emergency hospital admissions are avoidable.
“This kind of test for asthma has never been done before but we’re confident it will prove an effective motivator to reduce frightening and often unnecessary hospital admissions,” said Dr Samantha Walker, director of research and policy at Asthma UK, reports the BBC.
“Asthma attacks hospitalise someone every seven minutes and kill over 1,100 people every year, so they are not to be taken lightly,” said Samantha.
The test asks those taking part simple questions about their asthma-related symptoms and then puts them in one of three colour-coded categories.
The red category means the person’s risk of an asthma attack is heightened and green means there is no increased risk. Each category is also linked to advice on how to stay out hospital and what to do if someone has an attack.
Asthma affects around one in 10 children and adults in the UK.