Department of Health

Thunderstorm asthma update

25/11/16
Published by Department of Health & Human Services

A number of patients are continuing to receive specialist ICU care in hospitals in Melbourne as a result of the thunderstorm asthma events on Monday.

To date, we are aware four deaths may have occurred as a result of conditions relating to the events.

And there are still five people in a critical condition in ICU.

Hospitals are continuing to treat more than 60 people for a variety of respiratory and other related conditions.

Hospitals treated more than 8,500 patients across Monday and Tuesday.

Ambulance paramedics, emergency services staff and dedicated doctors, nurses and pharmacy staff saved the lives hundreds of Victorians who received treatment as a result of their symptoms.

The operations and resources available to all health services during the thunderstorm asthma events on Monday night will be examined in the state-wide review by the Inspector-General of Emergency Management.

We will work closely with the Inspector General and provide any assistance as required.

Asthmatics should continue to take medication as usual, to seek help as required from their GP or a health professional, and to stay inside when dust or pollen is irritating.

In the case of an acute asthma attack, as always, an ambulance may be needed.

Reviewed 28 November 2016

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